- the state or quality of being intransigent, or refusing to compromise or agree; inflexibility: No agreement was reached because of intransigence on both sides.
Origin of intransigence
- refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
- a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.
Origin of intransigent
Examples from the Web for intransigency
- not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
- an intransigent person, esp in politics
Word Origin and History for intransigency
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.
1882, from French intransigeant, from intransigeant (see intransigent). Related: Intransigency.