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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Synonyms for rapprochement


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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Pandas were used in 1972 as a high-profile symbol of diplomatic rapprochement between the United States and China, when Ling-Ling and Hsing Hsing arrived during the Nixon era to live at the National Zoo in Washington. New York Times, "At Berlin Zoo, a Clamor to Name Twin Pandas ‘Hong’ and ‘Kong’," 6 Sep. 2019 That postponement put new urgency into South Korean President Moon Jae-in's attempts at rapprochement with Kim, which led to the visit to Pyongyang of some of his top aides who arranged a third summit between Moon and Kim for Sept. 18-20. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "US envoy for North Korea to visit South Korea, China, Japan," 6 Sep. 2018 Trump has returned to Cold War-era policies against Cuba, reversing his predecessor’s rapprochement with the government in Havana. Los Angeles Times, "Trump condemns Cuba but closes the door to many trying to flee," 30 July 2019 In any case, no rapprochement is possible if the two governments aren’t talking to each other. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "Iran’s behavior isn’t as mysterious as it looks," 19 June 2019 In response, Rouhani has slowly replaced his message of rapprochement with the West with hard-line hints about Iran's ability to close off the Strait of Hormuz, through which a third of all oil traded by sea passes. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018 His ineptitude may yet spur the two factions toward a productive rapprochement. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Idea of Selective Citizenship," 21 July 2019 The rapprochement has been in high gear since the spring of 2018. Erasmus, The Economist, "Overcoming the Mormon legacy on race," 24 July 2019 Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia and its decision to buy the Russian system also coincides with growing Turkish mistrust of the U.S. over its policies in Syria. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles," 18 July 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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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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concealment of treason or felony

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