state·​craft ˈstāt-ˌkraft How to pronounce statecraft (audio)
: the art of conducting state affairs

Examples of statecraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The comments, which may be taken more as mischievous meddling than serious statecraft, were the Russian leader’s most direct in public on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 15 Feb. 2024 Espionage has been and will remain an integral part of statecraft, even as its techniques continually evolve. William J. Burns, Foreign Affairs, 30 Jan. 2024 Nor is an organization like this going to replace all the competitive power balancing that has long been a hallmark of Middle East statecraft. Dalia Dassa Kaye, Foreign Affairs, 1 Feb. 2024 The United States has a long history of economic statecraft and industrial strategy, particularly in the national-security realm. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Yet these are the imperatives of statecraft and aid work when confronted by a crisis of Gaza’s dimensions. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 8 Nov. 2023 But politics, or, better, statecraft is precisely what is needed now to avoid even greater catastrophe—and even greater catastrophe is sure to follow heedless decisions born of rage. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 17 Oct. 2023 Economic statecraft focuses on the intersection of economics and security. Foreign Affairs, 7 July 2023 His hundreds of essays and commentary pieces often argued for a greater U.S. roles in international statecraft. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1642, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of statecraft was in 1642

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“Statecraft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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state·​craft ˈstāt-ˌkraft How to pronounce statecraft (audio)
: the art of conducting government affairs

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