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in·tran·si·gentalso in·tran·si·geant (ĭn-trăn′sə-jənt, -zə-)
Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
[French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente : in-, not (from Latin; see in-1) + transigente, present participle of transigir, to compromise (from Latin trānsigere, to come to an agreement : trāns-, trans- + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]
in·tran′si·gence, in·tran′si·gen·cy n.
not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an intransigent person, esp in politics
[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]
inˈtransigence, inˈtransigeance, inˈtransigency n
inˈtransigently, inˈtransigeantly adv
or in•tran•si•geant(ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒənt)
1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.n.
2. an intransigent person, as in politics.
[1875–80; < French intransigeant < Sp intransigente=in- in-3 + transigente accommodating]
in•tran′si•gence, in•tran′si•gen•cy, n.
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|Adj.||1.||intransigent - impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason; "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind"; "Cynthia was inexorable; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill; "an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"|
inflexible - incapable of change; "a man of inflexible purpose"
Firmly, often unreasonably immovable in purpose or will:
adamant, adamantine, brassbound, die-hard, grim, implacable, incompliant, inexorable, inflexible, iron, obdurate, relentless, remorseless, rigid, stubborn, unbendable, unbending, uncompliant, uncompromising, unrelenting, unyielding.
Idiom: stubborn as a mule.