rap·​proche·​ment | \ ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce rapprochement (audio) , -ˌprȯsh-; ra-ˈprōsh-ˌmäⁿ\

Definition of rapprochement

: establishment of or state of having cordial relations

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communion, fellowship, rapport

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Examples of rapprochement in a Sentence

Officials hope that these talks will lead to a rapprochement with the rebels. The possibility of rapprochement between the two countries seems unlikely.

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Park Hyun-jae, a spokesman for South Korea’s Forestry Service, downplayed any possibility of the inter-Korean rapprochement destroying the DMZ’s flora and fauna. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "If You Think North Korea Is a Wild Place, Check Out the DMZ," 3 Dec. 2018 Those trips produced a slew of inter-Korean rapprochement projects. Fox News, "South Korean president heads to North for summit with Kim," 18 Sep. 2018 In wake of the killing, the crown prince praised Qatar’s economy in a comment the Saudi government said was a gesture toward Gulf unity, raising speculation of a possible rapprochement among the rival states. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia, Allies Maintain Cold Shoulder for Qatar Ahead of Gulf Summit," 9 Dec. 2018 There is still skepticism whether the developments will help establish genuine peace between the Koreas, which have a long history of failing to follow through with major rapprochement agreements. Hyung-jin Kim And Kim Tong-hyung, The Christian Science Monitor, "North Korea shows willingness to hold nuclear talks," 6 Mar. 2018 But the rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world will change the region for the better. Joshua S. Block, WSJ, "Israel Is Making Arab Friends," 4 Nov. 2018 Moon, who was the handmaiden of the Kim-Trump dialogue back in the spring, was under considerable pressure this week to extract concessions from Kim that could sustain the rapprochement between Washington and Pyongyang. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "North Korea's offer of concessions comes with a catch for US," 20 Sep. 2018 The rapprochement between the two countries followed the ascent to power in April of Mr. Abiy, who at 41 is one of the youngest leaders on the continent. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, "Ethiopia and Eritrea, Longtime Foes, Meet for Peace Talks," 8 July 2018 The meeting, planned in recent days, signals a growing rapprochement between the United States and Russia. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five times Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote shows the significance of his retirement," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of rapprochement

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapprochement

French, from rapprocher to bring together, from Middle French, from re- + approcher to approach, from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropiare — more at approach

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The first known use of rapprochement was in 1809

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English Language Learners Definition of rapprochement

formal : the development of friendlier relations between countries or groups of people who have been enemies

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