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intransigence

noun
1.
the state or quality of being intransigent, or refusing to compromise or agree; inflexibility:
No agreement was reached because of intransigence on both sides.
Also, intransigency.
Origin

intransigent

[in-tran-si-juh nt] /ɪnˈtræn sɪ dʒənt/
adjective
1.
refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible.
noun
2.
a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.
Also, intransigeant.
Origin
1875-80; < Spanish intransigente, equivalent to in- in-3 + transigente (present participle of transigir to compromise) < Latin trānsigent- (stem of trānsigēns, present participle of trānsigere to come to an agreement); see transact
Related forms
intransigence, intransigency, noun
intransigently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for intransigency

intransigent

/ɪnˈtrænsɪdʒənt/
adjective
1.
not willing to compromise; obstinately maintaining an attitude
noun
2.
an intransigent person, esp in politics
Derived Forms
intransigence, intransigency, noun
intransigently, adverb
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for intransigency

intransigent

adj.

1881, from French intransigeant, from Spanish los intransigentes, literally "those not coming to agreement," name for extreme republican party in the Spanish Cortes 1873-4, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + transigente "compromising," from Latin transigentem (nominative transigens), present participle of transigere "come to an agreement, accomplish, to carry through" (see transaction). Acquired its generalized sense in French.

intransigence

n.

1882, from French intransigeant, from intransigeant (see intransigent). Related: Intransigency.

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