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démarche

noun dé·marche \dā-ˈmärsh, di-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ\

Definition of démarche

  1. 1 a :  a course of action :  maneuver b :  a diplomatic or political initiative or maneuver

  2. 2 :  a petition or protest presented through diplomatic channels



Did You Know?

When it comes to international diplomacy, the French may not always have the last word - but they have quite a few, which they've shared with English. "Démarche," which in French can mean "gait," "walk," or "action," among other things, is one of the earliest of these; we started using it in the 1600s. It was first used generally in the sense of "a maneuver," and before long it developed a specific use in the world of diplomacy. Some of the other diplomacy-related words we use that come from French include attaché, "chargé d'affaires," "communiqué," "détente," and "agrément" (a word used in diplomatic parlance for approval of a diplomatic representative) - not to mention the words "diplomacy" and "diplomat" themselves.

Variants of démarche

or demarche play \dā-ˈmärsh, di-ˈ, ˈdā-ˌ\

Origin of démarche

French démarche, literally, gait, from Middle French, from demarcher to march, from Old French demarchier, from de- + marchier to march


First Known Use: 1658

Rhymes with démarche


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