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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But until recently, Mr. Trump remained unconvinced — and Mr. Tillerson washed his hands of the issue because of the president’s intransigence, top officials said at the time. Gardiner Harris And Mark Landler, New York Times, "Qatar Charm Offensive Appears to Have Paid Off, U.S. Officials Say," 9 Apr. 2018 This intransigence is creating an unprecedented toxicity between law enforcement and Congress, undermining what has long been a cooperative and vital relationship. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Real Constitutional Crisis," 24 May 2018 And yet, this irrational intransigence is of a piece with Trump’s broader approach to immigration policy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Renews Call for Deporting Refugees Without Due Process," 5 July 2018 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

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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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