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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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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Senior German government officials have warned in recent months that U.S.’s aggressive trade posture was forcing Germany into a rapprochement with other leading powers, including China, India and Russia. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "BMW to Take Control of China Joint Venture in $4 Billion Deal," 11 Oct. 2018 South Korea's Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003. Kim Tong-hyung, chicagotribune.com, "North and South Korea begin basketball friendlies in latest peace gesture," 4 July 2018 Analysts have also linked the talks -- and any suggestion of a possible rapprochement -- to uncertainty caused by US President Donald Trump, who is threatening both countries with a range of punitive trade measures. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China, Japan and South Korea to hold first top level talks since 2015," 1 May 2018 So this is a remarkable moment of French-American rapprochement. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "Europe Reveals Its Latest Strategy for Managing Trump," 24 Apr. 2018 This moment of diplomatic rapprochement was helped by three other crucial factors. James Stavridis, Time, "What America Must Do Now, After North Korea's Summit with South Korea," 27 Apr. 2018 Taiwanese officials fear that any rapprochement between the pope and the Communists could result in a huge diplomatic setback for the island. The Economist, "The pope and China may be close to a deal on appointing bishops," 26 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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