Definition of diplomacy in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈpləʊməsi/


[mass noun]
1The profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country’s representatives abroad: an extensive round of diplomacy in the Middle East
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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, consultation, conference, dialogue;
international relations/politics, foreign affairs, foreign policy
1.1The art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way: with perfect diplomacy, he divided his attention between Meryl and Anthea
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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;
judiciousness, discernment, prudence, cleverness, skill;
politeness, thoughtfulness, understanding, care, soft skills;
French savoir faire


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

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