Definition of intransigent in English:


Line breaks: in|transi|gent
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtransɪdʒ(ə)nt
, -ˈtrɑː-, -nz-/



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  • An intransigent person.
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    • Instead, the conclave of 1903 elected Pius X, whom the Italian government had dubbed ‘the most intransigent of the intransigents.’
    • This caused a major crisis for the Fascist Party, however, as thousands of new adherents rushed to jump on the bandwagon, and the rapid expansion in membership split the party into rival camps of moderates and intransigents.
    • The tranquillity of the image is a proclamation of Ireland's return to peace after long years of armed conflict, first with the British and then with its own intransigents.



Pronunciation: /-dʒ(ə)ns/
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  • It dwarfs all the other buildings in the area and exudes an air of bureaucratic intransigence and implacable arrogance.
  • Their doctrinal intransigence and inflexibility also reflected that of the political system.
  • The channels of communication have broken down through intransigence, sheer bloody-mindedness and despair.


Pronunciation: /-dʒ(ə)nsi/
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  • It is generally said that unionized teachers have worsened the educational climate rather improving it it because of their intransigency to advice from non-unionized seniors and students' parents.
  • And, most important, how can Lula balance the pressing needs of a desperate Brazil with the intransigencies of the global market?


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  • It is a shame that the UN couldn't agree to a legally binding worldwide ban on reproductive cloning, simply because a small group of countries intransigently refused to allow countries to make up their own minds on therapeutic cloning.
  • But, alas, such advisers still exist and, having sadly misled their customers, continue to intransigently argue the toss with august figures such as the chief financial ombudsman.
  • The Local Board leaders have intransigently refused.


late 19th century: from French intransigeant, from Spanish los intransigentes (a name adopted by the extreme republicans in the Cortes, 1873–4); based on Latin in- 'not' + transigere 'come to an understanding'.

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