intransigent

adjective
in·​tran·​si·​gent | \ in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jənt How to pronounce intransigent (audio) , -ˈtran-zə \

Definition of intransigent

: characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an often extreme position or attitude : uncompromising intransigent in their opposition an intransigent attitude

Other Words from intransigent

intransigent noun
intransigently adverb

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Intransigent comes from Spanish intransigente, meaning "uncompromising." Its root is transigir ("to compromise"), which is related to Latin transigere ("to come to an agreement"). The French have a similar verb, transiger, which also means "to compromise." Transigent as an opposite of intransigent has yet to become recognized as an acceptable word in the English language.

Examples of intransigent in a Sentence

He has remained intransigent in his opposition to the proposal. he has remained intransigent, refusing all suggestions for improvement of the process
Recent Examples on the Web Doing so would also help combat a second, intransigent problem: Most people on boards are still white men. Cassie Werber, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2022 Russia's official line in the meantime remained intransigent. Dasha Litvinova, Chron, 25 Feb. 2022 Russia's official line in the meantime remained intransigent. Dasha Litvinova, ajc, 24 Feb. 2022 Leroy Merlin has been more intransigent than Renault and — like Auchan and Decathlon — refuses to shutter its Russian business. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 24 Mar. 2022 Russia’s official line in the meantime remained intransigent. Dasha Litvinova, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2022 Russia’s official line in the meantime remained intransigent. Dasha Litvinova, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2022 For policy-makers, this lesson at least can be learned from Hart’s example: When existing schools prove intransigent, redirection may be the best strategy. Rachel Lu, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 Russia’s official line in the meantime remained intransigent. Dasha Litvinova, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intransigent

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intransigent

Spanish intransigente, from in- + transigente, present participle of transigir to compromise, from Latin transigere to come to an agreement — more at transact

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“Intransigent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intransigent. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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