Difficult Words : Insipid, Insinuate, Insolent, Instigate, Insular and Insurgent
Insipid (in SIP id) adj: dull, bland, banal
Barney's jokes were so insipid that no one in the room managed to force out so much as a chuckle.
We were bored to death at the party. It was full of insipid people making insipid conversation.
The thin soup was so insipid that all the spices in the world could not have made interesting.
Insolent (IN suh lunt) adj: arrogant, insulting
The ill-mannered four-year-old was so insolent that even adults were tempted to kick him in the rear end.
The insolent sales clerk said she was sorry but the store did not accept cash.
Instigate (IN stuh GATE) v: to provoke, to stir up
The strike was instigated by the ambitious union president who wanted to get his name into the newspapers.
The CIA tried unsuccessfully to instigate rebellion in the tiny country by distributing pamphlets that, as it turned out, were printed in the wrong language.
Insular (IN suh lur) adj: like an island, isolated
The Latin word for island is insula. From it we get the words peninsula (almost an island), insulate (insulation makes a house an island of heat) and insular, among others.
Lying flat on his back in bed for twenty-seven years, the 1,200-pound man led an insular existence.
The insular little community had very little contact with the world around it.
Something that is insular has insularity. The insularity of the little community was so complete that it was impossible to buy a big-city newspaper there.
Insurgent (in SUR junt) n: a rebel, someone who revolts against a government
The heavily armed insurgents rushed into the presidential place, but they paused to taste the fresh blueberry pie on the dinner table and the president's bodyguards captured them.
This word can also be an adjective. A rebellion is an insurgent activity.
Insurgency is another word for rebellion.