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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And South Korean President Kim Dae Jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for bringing about the rapprochement.’
    • ‘And the rapprochement between China and South Korea has helped temper Cold War tensions in Northeast Asia.’
    • ‘Hopefully this series can be the beginning of a fresh rapprochement between the two countries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, they all supported the implementation of capitalist reforms and rapprochement with the West.’
    • ‘This tactic could eventually lead to a rapprochement between the two long-time enemies.’
    • ‘In 1518 they switched policy to a rapprochement with Francis and the treaty of London followed.’
    • ‘Music itself had acquired the potential to quicken the pace of an eventual rapprochement between the West and its colonies.’
    • ‘Hopes of cementing the recent rapprochement between Nato allies, Greece and Turkey, have been set back.’
    • ‘During his term of office, Khatami has repeatedly sought a rapprochement with the US, to a large extent unsuccessfully.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A rapprochement is essential if developing nations are to benefit from the experience of Western water and sanitation experts.’
    • ‘At this time Germany and Russia were the black sheep of the European community, so a rapprochement between them seemed only natural.’
    • ‘The presence of a pair of panda bears in Washington was taken as a sign of a new rapprochement between the two countries.’
    • ‘Are there any concerns in Vietnam about the rapprochement with the United States?’
    • ‘Even before the EU summit, Paris, Berlin and Moscow had been scrambling to effect a rapprochement with Washington.’
    • ‘Recently, however, there has been something of a rapprochement.’
    • ‘But the recent rapprochement between the EU and Libya signalled that an end to the embargo was imminent.’
    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’.