di·plo·ma·cy | \ də-ˈplō-mə-sē \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for diplomacy


tact, tactfulness


clumsiness, insensitivity, tactlessness

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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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Once again, Melania Trump has stepped onto the international stage in the traditional role of first lady: an emissary of the American people, a symbol of our collective humanity - and a fashion mannequin of soft diplomacy. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 This is an enormous power that immediately creates a union that usually takes years of diplomacy between countries that are not friendly. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Chicago Symphony conductor Riccardo Muti loves Kansas City ‘very much’," 5 July 2018 What happens in the coming months will decide whether the summit comes to be seen as a true breakthrough moment or a low point of American diplomacy. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What really came out of the Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 Luntz said that the narrative connecting the Singapore and G-7 summits is that the old rules of foreign diplomacy no longer apply. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump's summit with Kim Jong Un may give him some political benefits for midterms," 11 June 2018 More than just numbers, those in the middle often exhibit strong traits of empathy, diplomacy, and liberalism. Katie Kosma, Longreads, "Losing the Middle Ground," 13 July 2018 Until last year, Trump had zero experience in government and diplomacy, which supporters saw as a plus. Andrew Malcolm, SFChronicle.com, "Will Trump stand up to Putin or fall for him?," 12 July 2018 But real effectiveness on the ground demands ongoing diplomacy, implementation skill, vigilance against corruption, and, above all, consistent funding year to year. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 In traveling repeatedly to North Korea pursuing basketball diplomacy, Rodman, with his actions and his words, seemed to cast a blind eye on the human rights violations and atrocities committed by and under Kim. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The case of the curiously compelling Dennis Rodman-Chris Cuomo interview," 12 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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