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rapprochement

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

Simple Definition of rapprochement

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rapprochement

  1. :  establishment of or state of having cordial relations

Examples of rapprochement in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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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