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.
Recent Examples on the Web If war is the continuation of diplomacy by other means (a misquote of Carl von Clausewitz, but a great one), then weaponized energy is the greatest diplomatic tool of all. Suriya Jayanti, Time, 29 Apr. 2022 For a foodie president who considered cuisine to be a key tool of diplomacy, the role of White House chef would have been a particularly crucial position. Christina Tkacik, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 But, Poast said the U.N. is keeping lines of diplomacy open between the U.S. and Russia, even though their respective Secretary of State and Foreign minister have not been communicating. Bynadine El-bawab, ABC News, 25 Apr. 2022 Establishing strict rules about who can use commercial spyware is complicated by the fact that such technology is offered as a tool of diplomacy. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Balanchine’s perspective captures the immigrant experience and cultural diplomacy. Lauren Warnecke, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Operation Overshare has its roots in 21st Century Statecraft, an Obama-era initiative to rethink diplomacy for the internet age. James Harkin, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The concept of a connected, Austronesian people has since become the bedrock of Taiwan’s Indigenous diplomacy efforts. Itamar Waksman, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Apr. 2022 Chair Lewis has over 25 years of leadership experience in international affairs, legal, public policy, business and regulatory affairs, and subnational diplomacy. Rhett Buttle, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Diplomacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomacy. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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