or in·tran·si·geant

[ in-tran-si-juhnt ]
See synonyms for: intransigentintransigentsintransigenceintransigency on

  1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.

  1. 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

Other words from intransigent

  • in·tran·si·gence, in·tran·si·gen·cy, noun
  • in·tran·si·gent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby intransigent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use intransigent in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for intransigent


/ (ɪnˈtrænsɪdʒənt) /

  1. not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude

nounAlso: in'transigentist
  1. an intransigent person, esp in politics

Origin of 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

Derived forms of intransigent

  • intransigence or intransigency, noun
  • intransigently, adverb

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