intransigent

or in·tran·si·geant

[ in-tran-si-juhnt ]
/ ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒənt /

adjective

refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM intransigent

in·tran·si·gence, in·tran·si·gen·cy, nounin·tran·si·gent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intransigent

intransigent
/ (ɪnˈtrænsɪdʒənt) /

adjective

not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude

noun Also: in'transigentist

an intransigent person, esp in politics

Derived forms of intransigent

intransigence 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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