Definition of detente in English:

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Pronunciation: /dāˈtänt/
(also détente)


The easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries: a serious effort at detente with the eastern bloc
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  • They are nostalgic for the good old days of detente - superpower summits, arms control, and discussions about balancing American and Russian power in regional conflicts.
  • The chief architects of the superpower detente were President Richard Nixon and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger.
  • The description aptly described the new diplomacy of detente emerging from the 1972 super-power summit.


Early 20th century: from French détente, literally 'loosening, relaxation'.

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Syllabification: de·tente

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