- 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 intransigent
He becomes angry, intransigent, furiously scribbling notes; Chaz meets determination with determination.
If the deal fell through, “ the rest of the world would see Iran as the intransigent ones, not us.”Hillary Woos the Jews
March 20, 2014
Secondly, U.S. Secretary of State Kerry has recently pushed the Arab League towards flexing its intransigent position on borders.The Arab Peace Initiative Makes Its Way to the Knesset
May 20, 2013
And why is it that the Republicans can be so intransigent and Barack Obama gets blamed?Bob Woodward and the Rules of Washington Morality
March 3, 2013
But on the subject of marriage, Motilal was intransigent: his son would have to endure an arranged match.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
Neither Giovanni nor his wife were of the absolutely "intransigent" way of thinking.Don Orsino
F. Marion Crawford
Thus religion acquires a meaning and a reasonableness that the most intransigent rationalist cannot misunderstand.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
Intransigent, in-tran′si-jent, adj. refusing to come to any understanding, irreconcilable.
The most intransigent of modern revolutionaries might learn a trick or two from this sacred poet.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
It doesn't bother you, my getting your help and then not protecting you from these intransigent tribesmen?The Barbarians
- not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
- an intransigent person, esp in politics
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.