Definition of rapprochement in US English:



  • (especially in international relations) an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations.

    ‘there were signs of a growing rapprochement between the two countries’
    • ‘During his term of office, Khatami has repeatedly sought a rapprochement with the US, to a large extent unsuccessfully.’
    • ‘And the rapprochement between China and South Korea has helped temper Cold War tensions in Northeast Asia.’
    • ‘A rapprochement is essential if developing nations are to benefit from the experience of Western water and sanitation experts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact the rapprochement of the two parties has less to do with the SPD moving to the left, and much more with the shift to the right by the PDS.’
    • ‘This tactic could eventually lead to a rapprochement between the two long-time enemies.’
    • ‘Even before the EU summit, Paris, Berlin and Moscow had been scrambling to effect a rapprochement with Washington.’
    • ‘Hopes of cementing the recent rapprochement between Nato allies, Greece and Turkey, have been set back.’
    • ‘But the recent rapprochement between the EU and Libya signalled that an end to the embargo was imminent.’
    • ‘Music itself had acquired the potential to quicken the pace of an eventual rapprochement between the West and its colonies.’
    • ‘Are there any concerns in Vietnam about the rapprochement with the United States?’
    • ‘Hopefully this series can be the beginning of a fresh rapprochement between the two countries.’
    • ‘The presence of a pair of panda bears in Washington was taken as a sign of a new rapprochement between the two countries.’
    • ‘At this time Germany and Russia were the black sheep of the European community, so a rapprochement between them seemed only natural.’
    • ‘A rapprochement between business and activists has never been more vital, but a deep cynicism persists in both camps.’
    • ‘A rapprochement with Libya had to take place on US terms, however.’
    • ‘Also, they all supported the implementation of capitalist reforms and rapprochement with the West.’
    • ‘And South Korean President Kim Dae Jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing about the rapprochement.’
    • ‘In 1518 they switched policy to a rapprochement with Francis and the treaty of London followed.’
    • ‘Recently, however, there has been something of a rapprochement.’
    reuniting, reunion, bringing together (again), bringing back together again, conciliation, reconcilement
    reconciliation, increased understanding, détente, restoration of harmony, agreement, cooperation, harmonization, softening
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French, from rapprocher, from re- (expressing intensive force) + approcher ‘to approach’.