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. . . The suggested translation TABASSUR does not fit everywhere. As you probably have noticed, no translation of a term fits everywhere, so TABASSUR is not unique in this respect. In fact (and please don't tell anyone I said so), I am not sure if TABASSUR fits the term “insight” anywhere.
The question is: Where do you want it to fit? Do you have a sentence that illustrates the particular usage that you have in mind where TABASSUR does not fit?
The American Heritage Dictionary suggests two ways for using the term "insight"
1. The capacity to discern the true nature of a situation: When used in this manner, I prefer "insightfulness" to show that we are talking about a penetrating quality of mind, not a particular instance of perspicacity. For this meaning I would use the expression NAFATH AL-BASEERA, suggested by Al-Mawrid
I would call an insightful person THAQIB AL-RU'YA ثاقب الرؤيا
In this case, RU'YA does not refer to physical vision, as I hope is obvious.
2. The act or outcome of grasping the inward or hidden nature of things or of perceiving in an intuitive manner: When used in this manner, the reference is to one of two things:
A. A particular mental act where insightfulness is demonstrated.
B. The actual thought that is reached, grasped, and brought out in a manner showing a penetrating mental capacity.
For both A and B, I would suggest RU'YA THAQIBA رؤيا ثاقبة.
What about TABASSUR? Al-Mawrid suggests using this term when you mean reflection, contemplation, meditation, musing, pondering, cogitation, consideration, speculation, scrutiny, or careful examination. That about sums it up.
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here is a list of some possible translations:
2. الفهم العميق
3. الحاسة السادسة
4. المفهومية (Egyptian Slang)
5. يفهمهاو هي طايرة (Egyptian Slang)
6. النظرة الثاقبة
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