Definition of diplomacy in English:



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’
    • ‘It also shows that simple dialogue or Western-backed diplomacy cannot provide solutions to the conflict.’
    • ‘There's a familiar rule that diplomacy works best when backed by the threat of force.’
    • ‘When English-Indian relations did not turn upon sheer power they rested on diplomacy.’
    • ‘They are also expected to follow accepted practices of diplomacy and to support international organizations.’
    • ‘Summit diplomacy has become a very important component of international diplomacy.’
    • ‘China should take note here and apply diplomacy to foster good neighbor relations.’
    • ‘Italy has oscillated between active involvement in EU diplomacy and a passive presence in the system.’
    • ‘Skill in diplomacy could not replace skill in war, but the former was essential to final success.’
    • ‘However, military activity had left all sides weak and secret diplomacy took over from military conflict.’
    • ‘Of course, not everyone has been enamoured of this latest incursion into international diplomacy.’
    • ‘Downer thinks Australia must become firmer in its private diplomacy over Taiwan.’
    • ‘It is a symbolic reassertion of the efficacy of diplomacy and dialogue over the use of force in international disputes.’
    • ‘The end of the cold war represented a dramatic change in the international context within which diplomacy is conducted.’
    • ‘What we are trying to do now is to use diplomacy and use political actions to resolve this.’
    • ‘The dialogue of diplomacy then carries the threat of war rather than the promise of peace.’
    • ‘International diplomacy - and its failings - played just as big a part in the Balkan conflict.’
    • ‘We also hope the United States will apply flexible diplomacy, apart from its basic principles.’
    • ‘Mr Chairman, Zambia has invested a lot in diplomacy and international relations.’
    • ‘Bad mouthing the Germans in mid-bid probably wasn't the smartest piece of international diplomacy.’
    • ‘Laval was a tough negotiator and manipulator, an activist in diplomacy in which he pushed at the frontiers of constraint.’
    statesmanship, statecraft
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    1. 1.1 The art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way.
      ‘with perfect diplomacy, he divided his attention between Meryl and Anthea’
      • ‘An ability to influence with subtlety and diplomacy should not go unmentioned.’
      • ‘People in this category do well in employment requiring diplomacy and tact.’
      • ‘Can you talk about the delicacy and diplomacy needed to secure your footage?’
      • ‘Trying to make staff regulations for a team like that was a task requiring diplomacy and sensitivity.’
      • ‘Their admirable diplomacy on this sensitive question has an explanation not immediately obvious.’
      • ‘We believe that women can excel in the field as it is not all about muscle but tact and diplomacy.’
      • ‘Tactful diplomacy is, ultimately, the only sensible way to resolve this dispute.’
      • ‘This is what we like: a little bit of verbal sparring between two people not exactly renowned for their diplomacy or tact.’
      • ‘All these conflicts were eventually resolved by diplomacy, dialogue and concession.’
      • ‘By concentrating on tact and diplomacy you can more effectively take advantage of your intellectual potential.’
      • ‘Now is the time for a return to traditional, professional Japanese diplomacy.’
      • ‘The optimum solution will be one that involves diplomacy, dignity and justice for all concerned.’
      • ‘It would certainly require an incredible level of diplomacy and sensitivity.’
      • ‘Tact and diplomacy are also important, and again, it is to the Moon, Venus and Libra that we look for support in that area.’
      tact, tactfulness, sensitivity, discretion, subtlety, finesse, delicacy
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Late 18th century: from French diplomatie, from diplomatique ‘diplomatic’, on the pattern of aristocratie ‘aristocracy’.