in·​tran·​si·​gence | \ in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jən(t)s How to pronounce intransigence (audio) , -ˈtran-zə- \

Definition of intransigence

: the quality or state of being intransigent

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Examples of intransigence in a Sentence

her intransigence on the issue was simply frustrating
Recent Examples on the Web That intransigence has prompted growing calls for an impeachment inquiry on Capitol Hill, but has also slowly lost the attention of the wider public. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Robert Mueller to Testify Before House Committees," 25 June 2019 Visitors to Tokyo report a mood of exasperation with what many Japanese perceive as South Korean intransigence. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019 This is because of what Cannes regards as Netflix’s intransigence about showing its films in theaters. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Chipping Away at the Huge Block of Netflix Originals," 6 Apr. 2018 Published two years before the end of France’s protectorate in Morocco, The Simple Past was a journey to the end of the colonial night, written with an intransigence and fury that Louis-Ferdinand Céline might have admired. Adam Shatz, The New York Review of Books, "Driss Chraïbi & the Novel Morocco Had to Ban," 2 Jan. 2020 The widening security crackdown reflects government intransigence and narrowing options for protesters who have been on the streets of Baghdad and the mainly Shiite south’s cities for weeks. Washington Post, "UN mission in Iraq proposes roadmap for ending upheaval," 11 Nov. 2019 Greek intransigence prevented the Macedonians from joining NATO or starting negotiations to join the European Union. The Economist, "The Economist’s country of the year Which nation improved the most in 2019?," 18 Dec. 2019 Not that the yoots and their pejorative for intransigence, intolerance and tech phobia among their elders is entirely wrong, mind you. Washington Post, "Let’s cancel ‘OK Boomer’ in 2020, and the humblebrag, too," 6 Dec. 2019 Xi’s intransigence in recent months has added fuel to the protesters’ fire and threatened his grip on the party. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "A Victory for Democracy in Hong Kong," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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