intransigent

[19] In the 18th century there was an extreme leftist political party in Spain which, because of its unwillingness ever to compromise, was known as los intransigentes. The name was formed with the negative prefix in- from transigentes, the present participle of Spanish transigir ‘compromise’. This was a descendant of Latin transigere, literally ‘drive through’, hence ‘come to an understanding, accomplish’ (source of English transact), a compound verb formed from trans- ‘through’ and agere ‘drive’ (from which English gets action, agent, etc.) French took the Spanish word over as a general adjective meaning ‘uncompromising’, and English acquired it in the early 1880s. => ACT, ACTION, AGENT, TRANSACT
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   As applied to an obstinate person or attitude, the word derives from Spanish los intransigentes, 'the uncompromising ones,' the nickname of an extreme left political party in the 19th century. The word itself literally means 'not carrying through,' from in-, 'not,' and a form of the Latin verb transigere, 'to carry across.'

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • intransigent — INTRANSIGÉNT, Ă, intransigenţi, te, adj. Care nu se abate de la o anumită linie adoptată, care nu acceptă concilieri sau compromisuri; incoruptibil. v. neînduplecat. – Din fr. intransigeant. Trimis de valeriu, 09.02.2008. Sursa: DEX 98 … …   Dicționar Român

  • intransigent — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ refusing to change one s views. ► NOUN ▪ an intransigent person. DERIVATIVES intransigence noun intransigency noun intransigently adverb. ORIGIN from Spanish los intransigentes (a name adopted by extreme republicans); ultimately… …   English terms dictionary

  • intransigent — [in tran′sə jənt, in tran′zəjənt] adj. [Fr intransigeant < Sp intransigente < L in , IN 2 + transigens, prp. of transigere, to come to a settlement, TRANSACT] 1. refusing to compromise or come to an agreement; uncompromising 2. that cannot… …   English World dictionary

  • Intransigent — In*trans i*gent, a. [F. intransigeant (cf. Sp. intransigente); pref. in not + L. transigere to come to an agreement; trans across + agere to lead, act.] Refusing compromise; uncompromising; inflexible; irreconcilable. Lond. Sat. Rev. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intransigént — (lat.), Unversöhnlicher, der sich auf keine Verhandlungen mit dem Gegner, insbes. der von ihm bekämpften Staatsregierung, einläßt …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • intransigent — index implacable, incorrigible, inflexible, irreconcilable, obdurate, purposeful, relentless, renitent …   Law dictionary

  • intransigent — intransigent:⇨unnachgiebig(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • intransigent — (adj.) 1881, from Fr. intransigeant, from Sp. los intransigentes, lit. those not coming to agreement, name for extreme republican party in the Spanish Cortes 1873 4, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + transigente compromising, from L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intransigent — adjective Etymology: Spanish intransigente, from in + transigente, present participle of transigir to compromise, from Latin transigere to come to an agreement more at transact Date: circa 1879 characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • intransigent — [[t]ɪntræ̱nsɪʤ(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as intransigent, you mean that they refuse to behave differently or to change their attitude to something. [FORMAL] They put pressure on the Government to change its… …   English dictionary

  • intransigent — adjective Unwilling to compromise or moderate a position; unreasonable; irreconcilable; stubborn. Dont waste your time trying to change his mind, hes completely intransigent. See Also: intransigence, intransigency …   Wiktionary

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