[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. intranasal,
  2. intranasal anesthesia,
  3. intranational,
  4. intranet,
  5. intrans.,
  6. intransigent,
  7. intransitive,
  8. intransitive verb,
  9. intrant,
  10. intranuclear

Also in·tran·si·gen·cy.

Origin of intransigence


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 formsin·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 Formsintransigence 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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Word Origin and History for intransigency
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