Homophones are words that share the same pronunciation but differ in spelling and meaning, such as to, too, two; and so, sew, and sow. Homophones and confusingly similar words are the stuff that malapropisms are made of. A malapropism is the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one of similar sound, with humorous results. The words insight and incite sound very similar, but their meanings are very different.
Insight originated from Middle English (in the sense ‘inner sight, wisdom’): probably of Scandinavian and Low German origin and related to Swedish insikt, Danish indsigt, Dutch inzicht, and German Einsicht.
Insight as noun:
Incite as verb:
“Anyone who writes or prints any news or articles that threaten the internal or external security of the state or the indivisible integrity of its territory and nation, which tend to incite offence, riot or insurrection, or which refer to classified state secrets, and anyone who prints or transmits such news or articles to others for the above purposes shall be held responsible under the law relevant to these offences.” (Today’s Zaman)
Insight or incite:
Incite means to stir up, to rouse to action. Incite is a transitive verb which is a verb that takes an object. Related verb forms are incites, incited and inciting. Derived nouns are incitement and inciter. Insight is a noun which means the ability of seeing things deeply, understanding the complexities and nuances of a thing or situation. In psychology, insight means the ability to understand one’s own mental processes. In psychiatry, insight means the ability to understand one’s own mental processes and categorize psychotic and neurotic disorders. A derived adjective is insightful.