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

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Other Words from intransigent

intransigent noun
intransigently adverb

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English speakers borrowed "intransigent" in the 19th century from Spanish intransigente ("uncompromising"), itself a combination of the familiar prefix in- ("not") and "transigente" ("willing to compromise"). "Transigente" comes from the Spanish verb transigir ("to compromise"), which in turn comes from Latin transigere ("to come to an agreement"). The French have a similar verb, "transiger," which also means "to compromise." You may wonder if the word transigent exists in English, and the answer is "not really." It has seen occasional use, but it is not well established. There is, however, one other common English word that traces from Latin transigere: transact, meaning "to conduct (business)."

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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The parable of Mr Tsipras’s eventual capitulation—his radical government brought to heel by capital markets and an intransigent European Union—is seeping into the left’s consciousness. The Economist, "Why Labour is obsessed with Greek politics," 28 June 2018 Kim destroyed a nuclear test site hours before Trump canceled the meeting, allowing it to paint the United States as the intransigent party with constituencies that matter to Pyongyang: Beijing and Moscow. Sean Illing, Vox, "Trump just canceled the North Korea summit. 9 experts explain what happens now.," 24 May 2018 Others argue that hearts and minds would have proved more intransigent without their pyrotechnics. The Economist, "What modern campaigners can learn from the fight for women’s suffrage," 19 Apr. 2018 Nasheed was eventually vindicated in the fight against climate change, with once intransigent polluters like India having recently made ambitious commitments to renewable energy. Shashank Bengali,, "He brought world attention to his sinking island nation. Now he wonders if he can go back," 17 Apr. 2018 Growing instability across Congo comes against the backdrop of an increasingly intransigent president. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Caught in Congo’s tides of war," 6 Apr. 2018 Germany has been particularly intransigent on this issue, as well as on Washington’s call for Europe to designate Hezbollah’s military and political wings as a terrorist organization—a longstanding and bipartisan American request. Mark Dubowitz, WSJ, "Europe Will Now Decide if the Iran Deal Survives," 1 Apr. 2018 But Berlin officials expect Olaf Scholz, the new minister, to hold the hard line set by his intransigent predecessor Wolfgang Schäuble. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Merkel to Throw Cold Water on Macron’s Plans to Overhaul European Union," 15 Mar. 2018 The Catalan giants pursued the midfielder for the entirety of last summer's transfer window but were rebuffed by the Reds, who remained intransigent over their stance., "Brazil Ace Philippe Coutinho Completes £142m Transfer to Barcelona," 6 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of intransigent was circa 1879

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English Language Learners Definition of intransigent

formal : completely unwilling to change : very stubborn

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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