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Apr 15, 2021
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
vulnerary
soporific
mummery
intransigence
diffidence



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with Anu Garg

intransigence

PRONUNCIATION:
(in-TRAN-si-juhns)

MEANING:
noun: Unwillingness to compromise, especially from an extreme position.

ETYMOLOGY:
Via Spanish/French, from Latin in- (not) + transigere (to settle). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw), which also gave us act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador. Earliest documented use: 1882.

USAGE:
“But many politicians won’t budge and the people who elect them won’t hold them accountable for their intransigence.”
Charles M. Blow; Mass Shootings and Our Depraved Political Stagnation; The New York Times; Mar 24, 2021.

See more usage examples of intransigence in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence. -Thomas Szasz, author, professor of psychiatry (15 Apr 1920-2012)

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