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Definition lacking feeling and/or reason


lacking consciousness
  • unable to stop the insensate violence
  • In vain I expressed my sorrow; in vain I lingered for some symptom of contrition; she really 'didn't care,' and I left her alone, and in darkness, wondering most of all at this last proof of insensate stubbornness.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • deaf to reason, and, for the most part, insensate to persuasion
    Charlotte Bronte  --  The Professor
  • it was the incarnation of blind and insensate Greed
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Let him take care, or, brave as he is, we gods will turn against him, seeing him outrage the insensate earth!
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Theirs was the demented cruelty of egocentric children, and somehow this made their insensate beastliness much more heartbreaking.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • The discredited rulers of the world can oppose no reasonable ideal to the insensate Napoleonic ideal of glory and grandeur.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Seriously frostbitten, lying insensate in his tent, at least for the time being he was unable even to speak.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • O, with what freshness, what solemnity and beauty, is each new day born; as if to say to insensate man, "Behold! thou hast one more chance!
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • They would sit silent, more bodeful of the direct antagonism of things than of their insensate and stolid obstructiveness.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Insensate cruelty to those you can whip, and groveling submission to those you can't.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • She was not an insensate piece of property, to be taken up or laid down at his convenience.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "The executioner of Lille, the executioner of Lille!" cried Milady, a prey to insensate terror, and clinging with her hands to the wall to avoid falling.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The gunslinger laughed deprecatingly, and the insensate walls made the sound into a loon-like wheeze.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Ah! unhappy that we are—insensate!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • This saw his hapless foes, but stood obdured, And to rebellious fight rallied their Powers, Insensate, hope conceiving from despair.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Insensate folly and madness to entertain even a shadow of hope!
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • But where has the universe hidden a word under its outer layer of biology, geometry, or insensate rock?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It grew deadly serious and assumed dimensions of insensate cruelty that broke the bounds of the plebe system as we had known it until that time.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She crawls to an edge inside herself, longs to be insensate, a slab of brick.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban

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