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insight (n.)

c. 1200, innsihht, "sight with the 'eyes' of the mind, mental vision, understanding from within," from in (prep.) + sight (n.). But the meaning often seems to be felt as "sight into" (something else), and so the sense shifted to "penetrating understanding into character or hidden nature" (1580s). Similar formation in Dutch inzigt, German einsicht, Danish indsigt.

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Definitions of insight from WordNet

insight (n.)
clear or deep perception of a situation;
Synonyms: penetration
insight (n.)
a feeling of understanding;
Synonyms: perceptiveness / perceptivity
insight (n.)
the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation;
Synonyms: brainstorm / brainwave
insight (n.)
grasping the inner nature of things intuitively;
Synonyms: sixth sense
From wordnet.princeton.edu