[ in-tran-si-juh ns ]
/ ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒəns /


the state or quality of being intransigent, or refusing to compromise or agree; inflexibility: No agreement was reached because of intransigence on both sides.
Also in·tran·si·gen·cy.

Origin of intransigence

Definition for intransigency (2 of 2)


or in·tran·si·geant

[ 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

in·tran·si·gence, in·tran·si·gen·cy, nounin·tran·si·gent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intransigency

  • First a dramatic discovery of the cause of the magters' intransigency.

    Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
  • First, a dramatic discovery of the cause of the magters' intransigency.

    Planet of the Damned|Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for intransigency


/ (ɪnˈtrænsɪdʒənt) /


not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude

noun Also: in'transigentist

an intransigent person, esp in politics

Derived Forms

intransigence or intransigency, nounintransigently, adverb

Word Origin for intransigent

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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