rapprochement

noun
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 Lavrov also said Moscow will also continue to encourage Syria’s Kurds and government to seek rapprochement following the U.S. withdrawal. Time, "Syrian Forces Enter a Key Border Town, Thwarting Turkish Plans," 17 Oct. 2019 Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, also said Moscow will continue to encourage Syria's Kurds and the Syrian government to seek rapprochement following the U.S. withdrawal. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "President Trump says Turkey's invasion of Syria is 'not our problem'," 16 Oct. 2019 With Bolton’s removal, at least one major impediment to possible rapprochement has been removed. Ishaan Tharoor, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Trump axes Bolton, the hawk he brought to the White House," 11 Sep. 2019 These exercises amount to a cautious rapprochement between segments of American society that remain very different. Erasmus, The Economist, "Overcoming the Mormon legacy on race," 24 July 2019 Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president’s whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against Trump’s decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. Deb Riechmann, The Denver Post, "President Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they ‘disagreed strongly’," 10 Sep. 2019 Since joining the administration in the spring of last year, Bolton has espoused skepticism about the president's whirlwind rapprochement with North Korea and has advocated against Trump's decision last year to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. Fortune, "Trump Says He Fired National Security Adviser John Bolton," 10 Sep. 2019 There’s been no similar rapprochement in Ragghianti’s life. oregonlive, "Volunteers of America Oregon scholarship helps kids escape shadow of substance abuse: Season of Sharing 2019," 12 Nov. 2019 Some reports suggest that his host was an IS agent, but several experts raise another intriguing possibility: that Mr Baghdadi was exploring a rapprochement with al-Qaeda, from which IS acrimoniously split in 2013. The Economist, "Islamic State after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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1 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rapprochement.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapprochement. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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rapprochement

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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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