diplomacy

noun
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 Our diplomacy does not hinge on having boots in harm's way, US boots on the ground. Jim Sciutto, CNN, "How Biden went his own way on Afghanistan withdrawal," 14 Apr. 2021 The economic setbacks have left Kim Jong Un with nothing to show for his ambitious diplomacy with former President Donald Trump, which derailed over disagreements in exchanging the release of sanctions and the North’s nuclear disarmament steps. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Report: North Korea won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics, per country's sports ministry website," 6 Apr. 2021 The economic setbacks have left Kim Jong Un with nothing to show for his ambitious diplomacy with former President Donald Trump, which derailed over disagreements in exchanging the release of sanctions and the North’s nuclear disarmament steps. Time, "North Korea Says It Won't Participate in the Tokyo Olympics Because of COVID-19," 6 Apr. 2021 The economic setbacks have left Mr. Kim with nothing to show for his ambitious diplomacy with former President Donald Trump, which derailed over disagreements in exchanging the release of sanctions and the North’s nuclear disarmament steps. Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea to skip Tokyo Olympics because of COVID-19," 6 Apr. 2021 But faster vaccinations would mean more doses for the country—and fewer for its global vaccine diplomacy. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, "India walks a tightrope between vaccinating its own people and sending vaccines to the world," 1 Apr. 2021 Western countries could yet choose to engage in their own vaccine diplomacy. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Here’s How Russia and China Are Helping the U.S.," 30 Mar. 2021 In contrast, about 34 million doses have been supplied in commercial deals and about 8 million donated by the government of India as part of its vaccine diplomacy. New York Times, "India Cuts Back on Vaccine Exports as Infections Surge at Home," 25 Mar. 2021 Russia and China, meanwhile, have promised to fill the void as part of their vaccine diplomacy. BostonGlobe.com, "Rich countries signed away a chance to vaccinate the world," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Diplomacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomacy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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diplomacy

noun

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

diplomacy

noun
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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