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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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 Alternatively, Russia may turn away from any hopes of even pragmatic rapprochement with the West, experts warn. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "Worse than the Cold War? US-Russia relations hit new low.," 20 Apr. 2021 During the height of the Cold War, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. jointly undertook the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission, which both served as a means of political rapprochement and opened the possibility of cooperation in other areas. Time, "Why the U.S. and China Should Collaborate in Space," 15 Apr. 2021 The 2019 assessment warned of a strategic rapprochement between Russia and China, whose geopolitical interests, intelligence leaders warned, could increasingly align. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, "U.S. intelligence warns of "diverse array" of global threats in annual assessment," 13 Apr. 2021 Alaskan face-to-face between U.S. and Chinese officials was not the great signal of rapprochement that some were hoping for. David Meyer, Fortune, "Friday feedback: Parsing the Danone drama," 19 Mar. 2021 Observers are now watching to see whether Elsevier can reach a similar rapprochement with the 700-member Project DEAL consortium in Germany, which pulled the plug on its Elsevier subscriptions starting in 2017 because of an impasse over open access. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "California universities and Elsevier make up, ink big open-access deal," 16 Mar. 2021 The rocky start signaled just how bad the U.S.-China relationship has become and augured poorly for the prospect of an accommodation or rapprochement between the world’s two biggest economies. Time, "Biden Administration's First U.S.-China Meeting Quickly Descends Into Bickering," 19 Mar. 2021 Even small steps toward rapprochement have proved difficult. Lara Jakes, BostonGlobe.com, "Impasse over Iran nuclear talks sets off scramble to save accord," 11 Mar. 2021 Emmanuelle Chriqui and Inde Navarrette played this rapprochement between mother and daughter rather beautifully. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Superman & Lois recap: Jordan finds his place at school," 10 Mar. 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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26 Apr 2021

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“Rapprochement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapprochement. Accessed 7 May. 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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