The words insight and incite sound very similar, but their meanings are very different.

Insight

The noun insight means an understanding of something. It often carries the connotation of a clear understanding with an insider's perspective.

Examples:
  • The film offers a useful insight into sharks' behaviour.
  • She has a good insight into the company's strategy.

Incite

The verb to incite means to stimulate action, to rouse, or to stir up.

Examples:
  • A 29-year-old man from Dover was arrested for trying to incite a riot.
  • The event is seeking to incite enthusiasm in young people.

A Quick Test


YOU CANNOT HAVE INCITE

You cannot have incite. The word incite is only ever a verb. Like all verbs, it has various forms, e.g., inciting, incited, incites.

You can, however, have insight. Insight is a noun. It has two forms: insight and insights (plural).