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 Creagan, who served under nine U.S. presidents, hailed plans for a diplomacy caucus and a rewrite of the Foreign Service Act. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio diplomats weigh in on hearings’ impact on Foreign Service," 5 Dec. 2019 Some now work for him New to diplomacy, Sondland, 62, is a wealthy businessman who founded Provenance, a chain of boutique hotels based in Portland, Oregon, in 1985. USA TODAY, "Gordon Sondland makes splash as unlikely star witness in Trump impeachment inquiry," 21 Nov. 2019 All of the western bones are in the story’s skeleton: the frontier, plus a crew of characters working to establish a peaceful point of galactic diplomacy and trade. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "Space cowboy successes, and failures, ahead of The Mandalorian’s Disney+ launch," 11 Nov. 2019 The shift from dramatic threats to high-stakes diplomacy to virtual afterthought at the United Nations reflects the strange, muddled state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From focus to forgotten: Why no N. Korea spotlight at UN?," 25 Sep. 2019 But the sanctions were delayed after State Department officials argued that would close the door to diplomacy. Author: Carol Morello, Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "US sanctions Iran’s foreign minister amid escalating tensions," 31 July 2019 Qatar, by contrast, seems to use its fund as an adjunct to diplomacy. The Economist, "Gulf states are becoming more adventurous investors," 14 June 2019 If unauthorized migration levels fall as a result of more Mexican enforcement, Trump will be able to take credit, emboldening his bullying approach to diplomacy. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump: Some aspects of Mexico deal are still secret," 10 June 2019 Testifying on the final day of the week's public impeachment hearings, the expert, Fiona Hill, tied Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine to an effort by Russia to sow political divisions in the United States and undercut American diplomacy. Arkansas Online, "Expert: Ukraine meddling lie," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of diplomacy was in 1766

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10 Dec 2019

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“Diplomacy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diplomacy. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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 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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