rap·proche·ment | \ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmäⁿ, -ˌprȯsh-;ra-ˈprōsh-ˌmäⁿ\

Definition of rapprochement 

: establishment of or state of having cordial relations

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Synonyms for rapprochement


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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South Korean Presidents are limited to a single five-year term in office, and previous rapprochement with North Korea under liberal governments has been derailed by future conservative administrations. James Griffiths, CNN, "Could Trump and Kim agree to a peace treaty ending the Korean War?," 9 June 2018 Beijing and Moscow's rapprochement is driven by a strong personal relationship between Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, seen as the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Putin heads to China to bolster ties as US pressure grows," 6 June 2018 Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was among the guests—while no senior U.S. official traveled to the Turkish capital for the event, highlighting Turkey’s rapprochement with Moscow and bruised relations with Washington. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkish Leader Takes Oath With New Powers and High Ambitions," 9 July 2018 His motives for seeking a rapprochement are open to debate. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, "Korean unity increases pressure on Trump," 28 Apr. 2018 Since taking office at the height of the dispute, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought rapprochement with his country’s largest trading partner. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "China, Japan Vow North Korea Cooperation, Plan High-Level Visits," 16 Apr. 2018 That's perhaps a message designed to reassure hawks in Moscow that the next Putin term will not see a rapprochement with the West. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Russian spy attack: Why Britain and why now?," 13 Mar. 2018 The White House seems to be trying to slow down China’s rapprochement with North Korea by accepting a framework deal on trade that involves the United States suspending $150 billion in new Trump tariffs until after the North Korea summit. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Pushes a New International Order Based on U.S. Bullying," 22 May 2018 Trump said of his delicate rapprochement with North Korea. Washington Post, "Analysis: Trump taking opposite approaches to Iran, NKorea," 9 May 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

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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