Adjective "intransigent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something.
  1. 'Millions of pounds of public money have been poured into campaigns designed to convince intransigent bottle-users of the error of their ways.'
  2. 'They effectively suspended the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement on behalf of intransigent unionists, and are now in the process of jettisoning it without any reference to the referendum result, north and south.'
  3. 'I am still proud to call myself Australian, although I am embarrassed that my government is proving so intransigent and stubborn.'
  4. 'Although the tax cut helped ignite a boom on Wall Street, it didn't do much to change the tune of the city's intransigent legislators.'
  5. 'One more sour and intransigent despot finds his end.'
  6. 'It would be politically expedient to withdraw them, but the reason for their presence is an intransigent regime that refuses to do anything to allay suspicions that it is developing weapons of mass destruction.'
  7. 'Management's intransigent attitude in bargaining is a real slap in the face for employees whose valuable contributions help make Canada's food safety and inspection system one of the best in the world.'
  8. 'Where management has been intransigent or arrogant, he has let his views be known to fellow investors or made certain that they have been aired in the financial press.'
  9. 'It's easy to get all fired up and angry about such ostensible intransigent clericalism, but I think we need to know more about this situation.'
  10. '‘We put a number of scenarios to them to try and get something in the package for everybody but they were very intransigent, they refused to move,’ he said.'


An intransigent person.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'Without mentioning the United States government by name, she refers to its intransigents in refusing to help international efforts to keep research safe, and she hopes other governments will strengthen preventive measures without it.'
  3. 'At Camp David he had the opportunity to be a real President, but he has spent his life as a professional intransigent, and could not change.'


1. refusing to agree or compromise; uncompromising; inflexible. noun

2. a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics.

More examples(as adjective)

"sides can be intransigent in positions."

"people can be intransigent in matters."

"people can be intransigent in crises."

"positions can be intransigent."

"people can be intransigent."

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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’.