dé·tente noun \dā-ˈtänt\
: an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries
: the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations); also : a policy promoting this
Examples of DÉTENTE
- as the countries move toward détente
- the start of a détente
Origin of DÉTENTE
First Known Use: 1908
Rhymes with DÉTENTE
détente (Concise Encyclopedia)
Period of the easing of Cold War tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union from 1967 to 1979. The era was a time of increased trade and cooperation with the Soviet Union and the signing of the SALT treaties. Relations cooled again with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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