1881, from Fr. intransigeant
, from Sp. los intransigentes,
lit. "not coming to an agreement," name for extreme republican party in Sp. Cortes 1873-4, from in-
"not" + transigente
"compromising," from L. transigentem
), prp. of transigere
"come to an agreement, accomplish, to carry through" (see transact
). Acquired its generalized sense in French.