rap·​proche·​ment | \ ˌra-ˌprōsh-ˈmänt How to pronounce rapprochement (audio) , 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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web To excuse this shortsighted deal, rapprochement with Iran generally must be treated as an article of faith in a quasi-religion, and the sole alternative to it must be said to be a bloody shooting war in the Middle East. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "No, We’re Not Going to War with Iran," 15 Jan. 2021 Another boost by the rapprochement is in the realm of sports and entertainment. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "End of yearslong Saudi-Qatar feud reunites families, and a region," 13 Jan. 2021 Shortly after, North Korea blew up a $15 million joint liaison office built by South Korea north of the border that served as a de facto embassy -- destroying one of the most tangible symbols of Moon’s rapprochement efforts. Jeong-ho Lee, Bloomberg.com, "South Korea Criminalizes Sending Anti-Kim Leaflets to North," 15 Dec. 2020 During the campaign, Trump advocates in Miami warned that Biden would seek a rapprochement with Maduro. Washington Post, "Biden wants to re-thaw relations with Cuba. He'll have to navigate Florida politics.," 25 Nov. 2020 Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has fiercely opposed the spreading rapprochement between its regional allies and Israel, reacted to the Sudan development with equal displeasure. Anne Gearan, Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "Sudan agrees to normalize ties with Israel and end decades of hostility," 23 Oct. 2020 Israel formalizing ties with Riyadh would be a far greater coup than its rapprochement with Abu Dhabi. Washington Post, "The Arab tide turns against the Palestinians," 14 Sep. 2020 Unfortunately, the most recent diplomatic breakthrough occurred after his book went to print, but Salter presciently identifies the dynamics in the Middle East that are driving a rapprochement between Israel and the Gulf States. Mike Watson, National Review, "Israel and Her Critics," 3 Dec. 2020 In that context, experts in Europe see an opportunity — perhaps, even a responsibility — to help shepherd the rapprochement along. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist raises the stakes for Biden," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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20 Jan 2021

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“Rapprochement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapprochement. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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