Incite - insight

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The two unrelated words incite (a verb) and insight (a noun) are near homophones. They differ in the stress with which they are pronounced.

  • 'to incite' has the stress on the second syllable, 'in-S-EYE-T', IPA: /ɪn 'saɪt/. It means 'to spur on', 'to encourage [someone] to do something', usually with the connotation 'to do something of which the speaker does not approve'. For example, one might incite someone to break a law; or one may accuse a speaker of inciting a demonstration in favour of a cause of which one does not approve, though it may be entirely legal to do so.
  • The noun insight has the stress on the first syllable, IN-s-eye-t /'ɪn saɪt/. It means '[a] perception of or into something', 'an understanding [usually seen as good] of something'. It can also be used more generally to mean a mental faculty, 'the ability to understand, or to look into, something'. There is an adjective insightful, meaning 'having the faculty of insight'.