Definition of rapprochement in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrapˌrōSHˈmän/
Pronunciation: /ˌrapˌrôSHˈmän/


(Especially in international relations) an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations: there were signs of a growing rapprochement between the two countries
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  • In fact it is hardly likely to materialise at all as we are told any rapprochement with the social democrats depends on us turning our backs on radicalism.
  • And South Korean President Kim Dae Jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing about the rapprochement.
  • Even before the EU summit, Paris, Berlin and Moscow had been scrambling to effect a rapprochement with Washington.
reconciliation, increased understanding, detente, restoration of harmony, agreement, cooperation, harmonization, softening


French, from rapprocher, from re- (expressing intensive force) + approcher 'to approach'.

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Syllabification: rap·proche·ment

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