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[uhn-kom-pruh-mahy-zing] /ʌnˈkɒm prəˌmaɪ zɪŋ/
not admitting of compromise or adjustment of differences; making no concessions; inaccessible to flexible bargaining; unyielding:
an uncompromising attitude.
without reservation or exception; undeviating; absolute, as believing in or adhering to a principle, position, or the like:
an uncompromising abolitionist.
Origin of uncompromising
1820-30; un-1 + compromising
Related forms
uncompromisingly, adverb
uncompromisingness, noun
1. rigid, obstinate. 2. firm, steadfast. Unabridged
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  • A sail was just passing, a deep red one, bearing the design of globe and cross in crude outline of uncompromising black.

    A Venetian June Anna Fuller
  • But in everyday life in what an uncompromising way they oppose each other!

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Something he wanted in life had been refused him point-blank; in ceremonious terms, but with uncompromising plainness.

    Angelot Eleanor Price
  • But Sophia was uncompromising in her demand for strict justice.

  • In all his judgments upon men and things, and upon himself, he is an uncompromising idealist.

    The Last Harvest John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for uncompromising


not prepared to give ground or to compromise
Derived Forms
uncompromisingly, adverb
uncompromisingness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uncompromising

1799, from un- (1) "not" + gerundive of compromise (v.). Related: Uncompromisingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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