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rapprochement

rapprochement

noun rap·proche·ment \ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmäⁿ, -ˌprsh-; ra-ˈprōsh-ˌ\

: the development of friendlier relations between countries or groups of people who have been enemies

Full Definition of RAPPROCHEMENT

:  establishment of or state of having cordial relations

Examples of RAPPROCHEMENT

  1. Officials hope that these talks will lead to a rapprochement with the rebels.
  2. The possibility of rapprochement between the two countries seems unlikely.

Origin of RAPPROCHEMENT

French, from rapprocher to bring together, from Middle French, from re- + approcher to approach, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare — more at approach
First Known Use: 1809

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