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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her intransigence on the issue was simply frustrating
Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers are particularly disturbed by the government’s intransigence on a sore point with the unions: the plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "At the Heart of France’s Long Strikes, a Fight Between the Haves and the Have-Nots," 9 Jan. 2020 Some Democrats say that the intransigence of the Republican Party means an approach built around compromise is worthless. The Economist, "America’s presidential election The Democratic primaries will be a contest between radicals and repairers," 6 Feb. 2020 Even without the intransigence of Republican governors, Obama’s promised network of high speed trains was improbable at best. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "A decade ago, the US was promised high-speed rail—so where is it?," 27 Dec. 2019 The intransigence could add to House Democrats’ legal workload. Los Angeles Times, "Corey Lewandowski clashes with Democrats at House impeachment hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of intransigence

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Intransigence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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