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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

Full Definition of rapprochement

  1. :  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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