Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unwilling to compromise or moderate a position; unreasonable; irreconcilable; stubborn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Refusing compromise; uncompromising; inflexible; irreconcilable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Refusing to agree or come to an understanding; uncompromising; irreconcilable: used especially of some extreme political party. See intransigentist.
  • n. Same as intransigentist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason

Etymologies

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).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Confrontation at the University of the Witwatersrand, the administration of which it described as intransigent, highlighted the need for undemocratic and unrepresentative councils to disband and for transformation forums to be established.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "We denounced in the strongest possible terms the intransigent and arrogant actions of the US government reflected by its decision to launch a brutal attack on the Iraqi people in defiance of world opinion," it said in a statement.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • He now faces a stark decision between moving forward and doing what we believe is in his best interests, pursuing a path of peace -- or pursuing a path that's best described as intransigent and aggressive.

    Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart

  • And not for nothing should they grieve, namely the intransigent refusal of the Indian and Pakistani governments to have a real conversation toward deescalation.

    CounterPunch

  • Henry, my view is not "intransigent" as you claim.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • DOBBS: I just wondered if it had come up because it would seem to be, to me at least, an appropriate remedy for that kind of intransigent failure to fulfill a responsibility to our service members in this country.

    CNN Transcript May 9, 2008

  • Let us take the arguments of La Civiltà Cattolica, the "intransigent" Jesuit journal published in Rome after 1850, as an example of the critique I am relating.

    An Introductory Anti-Capitalist Manifesto

  • Cape's Association for Community and Rural Advancement, who said that his organisation followed whatever government process to the letter of the law, so that "extreme actions" such as land occupations would be justified if government was "intransigent".

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The Angolan rebel UNITA organization accused the Angolan president Monday of being "intransigent" in his stance of propogating and continuing war in the country.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Johannesburg, Harel said selling weapons to an "intransigent"

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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