in·​tran·​si·​gent in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jənt How to pronounce intransigent (audio)
: characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an often extreme position or attitude : uncompromising
intransigent in their opposition
an intransigent attitude
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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of intransigent was circa 1879


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“Intransigent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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