If you've ever wanted to grab a baseball bat and go full Office Space on your insensate printer, you'll appreciate how the word insensate has Latin roots that literally mean "not having sense," as in, "If this insensate printer jams one more time, I'm going to do violence to it."
Like the related words "senseless" and "insensitive," our word "insensate" has three meanings: three different ways to be "without senses."
John Oliver brought to light the insensate business practices of Frank Rolfe, the wealthy developer who raises the rent on mobile homes, keeps the residents too poor to move, and has likened his own policies to running "a Waffle House where everyone is chained to the booths."
Explain all three meanings of "insensate" without saying "dumb," "cold-hearted," or "braindead."
Fill in the blank: "Swept into the insensate herd, I (did something popular but stupid)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. The exact opposite of INSENSATE is SENSATE.
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