intransigent

or in·tran·si·geant

[ in-tran-si-juh nt ]
/ ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒənt /

adjective

refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.

noun

a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.

Nearby words

  1. intranasal anesthesia,
  2. intranational,
  3. intranet,
  4. intrans.,
  5. intransigence,
  6. intransitive,
  7. intransitive verb,
  8. intrant,
  9. intranuclear,
  10. intraocular

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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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 Formsintransigence 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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Word Origin and History for intransigent

intransigent

adj.

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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