Word A Day – INTRANSIGENT

8 06 2008

intransigent \in-TRAN-suh-juhnt; -zuh-\

adjective

Refusing to compromise; uncompromising.

Intransigent is from French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente, from in-, “not” (from Latin) + transigente, present participle of transigir, “to compromise,” from Latin transigere, “to come to an agreement,” from trans-, “across” + agere, “to drive.”

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