Definition of diplomacy in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈplōməsē/


1The profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country’s representatives abroad: the government should assign an ambassador-at-large to oversee diplomacy in the region
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  • Mr Chairman, Zambia has invested a lot in diplomacy and international relations.
  • Summit diplomacy has become a very important component of international diplomacy.
  • Bad mouthing the Germans in mid-bid probably wasn't the smartest piece of international diplomacy.
statesmanship, statecraft, negotiation(s), discussion(s), talks, dialogue;
international relations, foreign affairs
1.1The art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way: his genius for tact and diplomacy
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  • It would certainly require an incredible level of diplomacy and sensitivity.
  • Trying to make staff regulations for a team like that was a task requiring diplomacy and sensitivity.
  • Tactful diplomacy is, ultimately, the only sensible way to resolve this dispute.
tact, tactfulness, sensitivity, discretion, subtlety, finesse, delicacy, savoir faire, politeness, thoughtfulness, care, judiciousness, prudence


Late 18th century: from French diplomatie, from diplomatique 'diplomatic', on the pattern of aristocratie 'aristocracy'.

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Syllabification: di·plo·ma·cy

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