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or intransigeant

[in-tran-si-juh nt] /ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒənt/
refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.
Origin of intransigent
1875-80; < Spanish intransigente, equivalent to in- in-3 + transigente (present participle of transigir to compromise) < Latin trānsigent- (stem of trānsigēns, present participle of trānsigere to come to an agreement); see transact
Related forms
intransigence, intransigency, noun
intransigently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Thus religion acquires a meaning and a reasonableness that the most intransigent rationalist cannot misunderstand.

  • Neither Giovanni nor his wife were of the absolutely "intransigent" way of thinking.

    Don Orsino F. Marion Crawford
  • It doesn't bother you, my getting your help and then not protecting you from these intransigent tribesmen?

    The Barbarians John Sentry
  • intransigent, in-tran′si-jent, adj. refusing to come to any understanding, irreconcilable.

  • For the Independent Socialists to the left were intransigent and in voting power insignificant.

    The New Germany George Young
British Dictionary definitions for intransigent


not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
an intransigent person, esp in politics
Derived Forms
intransigence, intransigency, noun
intransigently, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish los intransigentes the uncompromising (ones), a name adopted by certain political extremists, from in-1 + transigir to compromise, from Latin transigere to settle; see transact
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Word Origin and History for intransigent

1881, from French intransigeant, from Spanish los intransigentes, literally "those not coming to agreement," name for extreme republican party in the Spanish Cortes 1873-4, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + transigente "compromising," from Latin transigentem (nominative transigens), present participle of transigere "come to an agreement, accomplish, to carry through" (see transaction). Acquired its generalized sense in French.

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