encyst, insist

The words encyst, insist sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do encyst, insist sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: encyst, insist are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    To be enclosed within a cyst.

  2. :: verb

    To enclose within a <xref>cyst</xref>.

  3. :: transitive verb

    To inclose in a cyst.

  4. ::

    To inclose or become inclosed in a cyst or vesicle.

  1. :: verb

    assert to be true

  2. :: verb

    beg persistently and urgently

  3. :: verb

    be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

  4. :: verb

    To <xref>stand</xref> on; to <xref>rest</xref> upon; to <xref>lean</xref> upon. Used especially as a technical term in <xref>geometry</xref>.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").