Definition of detente in English:


Line breaks: de|tente
Pronunciation: /deɪˈtɑːnt
(also détente)


[mass noun]
The easing of hostility or strained relations, especially between countries: his policy of arms control and detente with the Soviet Union
More example sentences
  • 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, 'loosening, relaxation'.

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