dé·​tente | \ dā-ˈtänt How to pronounce détente (audio) \
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Definition of détente

1 : the relaxation of strained relations or tensions (as between nations) diplomats brokering a détente also : a policy promoting this
2 : a period of détente the beginning of a détente

Examples of détente in a Sentence

as the countries move toward détente the start of a détente
Recent Examples on the Web Biden could take some smaller moves that would reduce the pressure on Tehran without committing the U.S. to a full-fledged detente. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Biden’s Path Back to Iran Nuclear Deal Won’t Be Easy or Fast," 12 Nov. 2020 For at least as long as President Trump’s legal challenges to the election process continue, that detente will last. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Here’s what Joe Biden wants to do as president, and what could stop him," 7 Nov. 2020 Trump’s hospitalization, but the detente has ended. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump coronavirus defiance delights supporters but concerns most voters," 6 Oct. 2020 The two even seem to form a fragile detente that is not present in the book. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The major differences between Rebecca the book and the movie," 22 Oct. 2020 The apparent detente has faded in recent months, as the groups increasingly regard one another as rivals, analysts say. Washington Post, "ISIS attacks surge in Africa even as Trump boasts of a ‘100-percent’ defeated caliphate," 18 Oct. 2020 Mitigation techniques exist, like reverse osmosis, flash detente and charcoal filtering, though their efficacy is not entirely clear. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Many California wineries will make no wine this year because of wildfire smoke," 17 Oct. 2020 In a rare moment of detente during what has become a nasty campaign, Biden approached Pence after arriving at the ceremony and tapped him on the shoulder to say hello. Arkansas Online, "Trump, Biden marking 9/11 with very different tones," 11 Sep. 2020 In a rare moment of detente during what has become a nasty campaign, Biden approached Pence after arriving at the ceremony and tapped him on the shoulder to say hello. Jill Colvin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Donald Trump, Joe Biden mark 9/11 with different tones," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of détente

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Détente.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9tente. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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formal : an ending of unfriendly or hostile relations between countries

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