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or in·tran·si·geant

[in-tran-si-juh nt]
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  1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
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  1. a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.
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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
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  1. not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
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noun Also: in'transigentist
  1. an intransigent person, esp in politics
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Derived Formsintransigence or intransigency, nounintransigently, 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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