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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Synonyms & Antonyms for diplomacy

Synonyms

tact, tactfulness

Antonyms

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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President Trump’s critics are carping that his top-down negotiating model undermined his nuclear summit with Kim Jong Un because the details hadn’t been settled on at lower levels of diplomacy. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump Walks on Kim," 28 Feb. 2019 President Donald Trump took a break from his sparring with U.S. allies and the press on Friday to enjoy one of diplomacy’s oldest traditions. Jill Colvin, BostonGlobe.com, "After Trump’s tumult, time for tea with the queen," 13 July 2018 And even some critics conceded that any level of diplomacy was preferable to the apocalyptic threats Trump and Kim traded last year. Alexander Smith /, NBC News, "Trump and Kim nuclear summit agreement contains no new promises," 12 June 2018 The president's anger reflects his view that the old models of diplomacy have failed. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "In a bid for history, Trump flatters North Korea's totalitarian leader," 12 June 2018 Skeptics of engagement have long said that the North often turns to interminable rounds of diplomacy meant to ease the pain of sanctions — giving it time to perfect its weapons and win aid for unfulfilled nuclear promises. chicagotribune.com, "North Korea glorifies 'immortal achievement' with South one day after summit, repeats nuclear promises," 27 Apr. 2018 While the diplomacy that’s happening right now is far better than everything that was happening in 2017, that’s not saying much. Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration’s idea of North Korean diplomacy has been to ratchet up pressure on Kim with sanctions and a shadow campaign within the CIA to enforce it, especially on the high seas. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 The 2015 Paris Agreement was a landmark moment in international diplomacy, bringing together governments with vastly different views to tackle global warming. Binaj Gurubacharya, The Seattle Times, "Third of Himalayan glaciers can no longer be saved: study," 6 Feb. 2019

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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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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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