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insist = in + sist

in-: on

sist: derived from Latin "sistere", meaning "stand"

So insist means: 

Stand on (doing something).

The adverb "on" has a meaning of "continuing to do something". So "stand on" means "continue to stand". If someone continues to stand for something, he/she must want it to be done very much. So insist means "demand that something must be done".

Evolution of usage

I'll go with you if you stand on.

=>

I'll go with you if you insist.

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