di·​plo·​ma·​cy | \ də-ˈplō-mə-sē How to pronounce diplomacy (audio) \

Definition of diplomacy

1 : the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations
2 : skill in handling affairs without arousing hostility : tact handled the awkward situation with diplomacy

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Examples of diplomacy in a Sentence

She has had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy. The government avoided a war by successfully resolving the issues through diplomacy. This is a situation that calls for tactful diplomacy.
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Recent Examples on the Web The results of that diplomacy contributed indisputably to positive outcomes on the nuclear file. CBS News, "Biggest factor in U.S.-Middle East relations is perception that U.S. is withdrawing," 6 Jan. 2021 Even with a new President, however, U.S.-Iran diplomacy will still be defined by decades of mutual wariness. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Biden Faces a Minefield in New Diplomacy with Iran," 4 Jan. 2021 The development bolsters China’s public health diplomacy drive. Washington Post, "Coronavirus vaccine from China’s Sinopharm is 79% effective, company says," 30 Dec. 2020 Who else — not Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, not Massachusetts’ Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren — has extensive experience with foreign leaders and the ability to deal with them forcefully, knowledgeably and with diplomacy? David M. Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "History holds Biden may be the right man for the moment," 28 Dec. 2020 More broadly, Daniels argues, the lack of coordination across agencies means lost opportunities to amplify actions with diplomacy, White House statements, or economic pressure. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "2020 Shows the Danger of a Decapitated Cyber Regime," 23 Dec. 2020 The survival kit came with a letter, too, from the president of the Korea Foundation, the diplomacy arm of the government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "S. Korea returns a San Diegan’s 40-year-old favor with a COVID ‘survival box’," 20 Dec. 2020 Your partner likely has the charisma and diplomacy to deal with all contingencies. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 19, 2020: Leo, harmless fun passes the time; Scorpio, be productive at home," 19 Dec. 2020 The international infrastructure investment project has been painted by critics as a scheme for global economic dominance and debt-trap diplomacy. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "California Lt. Gov. Kounalakis praised student exchange that allowed Fang Fang into US," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of diplomacy

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diplomacy

see diplomatic

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The first known use of diplomacy was in 1766

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14 Jan 2021

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“Diplomacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomacy. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of diplomacy

: the work of maintaining good relations between the governments of different countries
: skill in dealing with others without causing bad feelings


di·​plo·​ma·​cy | \ də-ˈplō-mə-sē How to pronounce diplomacy (audio) \

Kids Definition of diplomacy

1 : the work of keeping good relations between the governments of different countries
2 : skill in dealing with people

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