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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The diplomatic rapprochement is expected to be formally sealed in the coming months, with a second meeting between the two leaders, this time in Pyongyang, according to sources. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Chinese foreign minister praises North Korea during rare Pyongyang trip," 3 May 2018 Such tests could endanger the North’s outreach and crush the current rapprochement. BostonGlobe.com, "US-South Korea war drills low key this time," 2 Apr. 2018 The countries have a long history of failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. Time, "South Korean President Moon Jae-in Says He's Open to Meeting Kim Jong Un," 10 Jan. 2018 Crown Prince Mohammed has been dropping hints that a formal rapprochement may be in the offing. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Will Netanyahu Go to Riyadh?," 6 Jan. 2019 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

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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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