Foolish vs Insensate - What's the difference?

foolish | insensate |

As adjectives the difference between foolish and insensate

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while insensate is having no sensation or consciousness; unconscious; inanimate.

As a noun insensate is

one who is insensate.

As a verb insensate is

(rare) to render insensate; to deprive of sensation or consciousness.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




    (en adjective)
  • Having no sensation or consciousness; unconscious; inanimate.
  • * 1816 , , Diodati :
  • Since thus divided — equal must it be
    If the deep barrier be of earth, or sea;
    It may be both — but one day end it must
    In the dark union of insensate dust.
  • * 1928 , , "Moriturus":
  • If I might be
    Insensate matter
    With sensate me
    Sitting within,
    Harking and prying,
    I might begin
    To dicker with dying.
  • Senseless; foolish; irrational.
  • * 1818 , , Rob Roy , ch. 13:
  • [T]he sot, the gambler, the bully, the jockey, the insensate fool, were a thousand times preferable to Rashleigh.
  • * 1854 , , Hard Times , ch. 13:
  • Stupidly dozing, or communing with her incapable self about nothing, she sat for a little while with her hands at her ears. . . . Finally, she laid her insensate grasp upon the bottle that had swift and certain death in it, and, before his eyes, pulled out the cork with her teeth.
  • * 1913 , , Chance , ch. 6:
  • [T]he romping girl teased her . . . and was always trying to pick insensate quarrels with her about some "fellow" or other.
  • * 1918 , , The False Faces , ch. 12:
  • But in his insensate passion for revenge upon one who had all but murdered him, he had forgotten all else but the moment's specious opportunity.
  • Unfeeling, heartless, cruel, insensitive.
  • * 1847 , , The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ,ch. 36:
  • I was cold-hearted, hard, insensate .
  • * 1904 , , A Man's Woman , ch. 6:
  • That insensate , bestial determination, iron-hearted, iron-strong, had beaten down opposition, had carried its point.
  • * 1917 , , The Adventures of Jimmie Dale , ch. 8:
  • . . . the most cold-blooded, callous murders and robberies, the work, on the face of it, of a well-organized band of thugs, brutal, insensate , little better than fiends.
  • (medicine, physiology) Not responsive to sensory stimuli.
  • * 1958 June, Edward B. Schlesinger, "Trigeminal Neuralgia," American Journal of Nursing , vol. 58, no. 6, p. 854:
  • If the ophthalmic branch is cut the patient must be told about the hazards of having an insensate cornea.
  • * 2004 Aug. 1, Jeff G. van Baal, "Surgical Treatment of the Infected Diabetic Foot," Clinical Infectious Diseases , vol. 39, p. S126:
  • The presence of severe pain with a deep plantar foot infection in a diabetic patient is often the first alarming symptom, especially in a patient with a previously insensate foot.
  • * 2005 Feb. 5, "Minerva," BMJ: British Medical Journal , vol. 330, no. 7486, p. 316:
  • The innocuous trauma of high pressure jets and bubble massage to the insensate breast and back areas had caused the bruising seen in the picture.


    * (having no sensation or consciousness) sentient


    (en noun)
  • One who is insensate.
  • * 1873 , , A Pair of Blue Eyes , ch. 22:
  • Here, at any rate, hostility did not assume that slow and sickening form. It was a cosmic agency, active, lashing, eager for conquest: determination; not an insensate standing in the way.


  • (rare) To render insensate; to deprive of sensation or consciousness.
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