in·tran·si·gence | \ in-ˈtran(t)-sə-jən(t)s , -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

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Climate crusaders tend to lay fault with nonbelievers’ intransigence. Stewart Easterby, WSJ, "Climate Activists Are Lousy Salesmen," 25 Apr. 2018 Moscow responded to those removals, still thought to be the largest single expulsion of intelligence officials in history, with intransigence. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "Britain’s expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats marks a return to Cold War ejections," 14 Mar. 2018 Some Russia observers argue that this pattern of failure is a result of Russian intransigence and revisionism. Keith Gessen, New York Times, "The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio," 8 May 2018 For 20 years the Western press’s editorial pages have been all about Israeli intransigence, Arab victimhood and the need for a two-state solution. Daphne Merkin, WSJ, "‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’ Review: Empathy With the Stranger," 7 June 2018 Bavaria's intransigence on the migration issue has, in fact, bolstered Merkel's negotiating position with some EU countries, says Josef Janning, head of the European Council on Foreign Relations Berlin office. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Merkel's moment of crisis, a chance to seize middle ground on migration?," 27 June 2018 Salim Tamari, a Palestinian scholar who is teaching Middle East history for a semester at Harvard University, said the recent violence in the Gaza Strip represented Israel’s intransigence. Danny Mcdonald And Margeaux Sippell,, "In Boston, hundreds rally for Palestine, against Israel and the US," 16 May 2018 Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement have reached a stalemate, with Mexico and the U.S. accusing one another of intransigence and inconsistency after missing a key deadline. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Nafta Talks Stalled on U.S. Auto Demands," 23 May 2018 Administration officials, and the foreign policy conservatives who support them, believe that the Iran deal’s weaknesses encouraged North Korean intransigence, and that tearing up the former will enable them to get a stronger deal with Pyongyang. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. Bullying," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intransigence was in 1882

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