diplomacy

noun
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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Taking away border training also removes an option from the hard diplomacy toolkit. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Doesn’t Want a No-Fly Zone Over the Korean DMZ. Here’s Why.," 18 Oct. 2018 Partnership and diplomacy define this transit, so don’t be surprised if unexpected bonds begin to form under this peaceful sky. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's August 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 July 2018 This subtle diplomacy becomes even more fraught with meaning as the royals take on the roles of pseudo Brexit ambassadors. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Like Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, Meghan Markle Sends Subtle Diplomatic Messages With Her Clothes," 12 July 2018 David Luna is a former senior director for national security and diplomacy at the State Department. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Under new president, Mexico's cooperation on immigration and security could be at risk," 8 July 2018 Beijing had come to rely on a range of other public diplomacy tools to enhance its image across the region, the report found. Jason Koutsoukis, Bloomberg.com, "China Spends Big to Win Friends and Influence Across East Asia," 27 June 2018 Science diplomacy offers a route that works both politically and practically. Paul Arthur Berkman, Scientific American, "Could Science Diplomacy Be the Key to Stabilizing International Relations?," 12 June 2018 Dating to at least 2009, the channel created relationships between the security apparatuses that provided a path to diplomacy. Michael R. Gordon, WSJ, "U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks For a Decade," 21 Jan. 2019 So why Kim’s sudden turn to diplomacy in early 2018, then? Alex Ward, Vox, "How Trump made the North Korea crisis worse," 12 Dec. 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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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 \

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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