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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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  • His uncompromising positions and rhetoric are keeping the race close.
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  • Benjamin's literary criticism was too unusual and too uncompromising to win a large audience.
  • His demand for a coherent theory of principle was uncompromising.
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  • All these politicians are responding to an uncompromising public mood.
  • But the movement's earlier uses of terror, and the uncompromising views of some of its members, have caused many to distrust him.
  • Few mainstream directors have poured so much of themselves into so uncompromising a production.
  • Dieters can't entirely give up food, of course, but they can draw an uncompromising line when it comes to sugar.
British Dictionary definitions for uncompromising


not prepared to give ground or to compromise
Derived Forms
uncompromisingly, adverb
uncompromisingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for uncompromising

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

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