One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she sat beside Julia at Anne's insistence’
demand, bidding, command, dictate, instruction, requirement, request, entreaty, urging, exhortation, importuning
informal say-so, arm-twisting
literary behest, hest
2‘there was too much vehemence in his insistence that he loved her’
assertion, declaration, contention, statement, claim, proclamation, announcement, pronouncement, assurance, attestation, affirmation, avowal, averment, profession, swearing, emphasis, stress
rare maintenance, asseveration
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