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 Johnson also addressed Diesel’s public attempts at a rapprochement between the action stars. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 The rapprochement built on a natural affinity: As many as three million Americans are of Greek descent and countless Greeks have links to the U.S. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 Yet the rapprochement of the incoming Biden administration might not be as much of a blow to Democrats’ hopes in Florida as the election results suggest. Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2020 The loss of Vietnam set the State Department on a path to hardheaded diplomacy that culminated in rapprochement with China — an ideological compromise for the sake of national defense. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 20 Aug. 2021 Relations have worsened in recent years against the background of Mr. Erdogan’s rapprochement with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s purchase of a Russian antiaircraft system. Thomas Grove, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2021 At the time, the United States and Cuba had only recently restored diplomatic ties after decades of hostilities, and some observers speculated that the incidents were the result of attacks aimed at sabotaging U.S.-Cuban rapprochement. Arkansas Online, 9 Oct. 2021 Richard Fitzwilliams, a royal commentator, wondered in an email to The Washington Post whether Harry’s recent willingness to speak publicly about his family might stand in the way of a rapprochement. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 If anything, the current diplomatic crisis highlights a cycle of conflict and rapprochement that, as my research shows, has been characteristic of U.S.-France relations since the very beginning. Hervé-thomas Campangne, The Conversation, 15 Oct. 2021

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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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8 Jan 2022

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“Rapprochement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapprochement. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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