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[dih-ploh-muh-see] /dɪˈploʊ mə si/
the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.
the art or science of conducting such negotiations.
skill in managing negotiations, handling people, etc., so that there is little or no ill will; tact:
Seating one's dinner guests often calls for considerable diplomacy.
Origin of diplomacy
1790-1800; < French diplomatie (with t pronounced as s), equivalent to diplomate diplomat + -ie -y3
Related forms
nondiplomacy, noun
prediplomacy, noun
superdiplomacy, noun Unabridged
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  • War itself had become a matter of arrangement, bargain, and diplomacy.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • By diplomacy, arranged beforehand with the door-girl, he got her downstairs.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • In that direction lay the only hope for the restoration of France and of diplomacy.

    Talleyrand Joseph McCabe
  • Next in importance, if not equal to it, was his activity in politics and diplomacy.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • But to them we must observe, that they know so little of the subject of diplomacy that their opinion is of no sort of consequence.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
British Dictionary definitions for diplomacy


noun (pl) -cies
the conduct of the relations of one state with another by peaceful means
skill in the management of international relations
tact, skill, or cunning in dealing with people
Word Origin
C18: from French diplomatie, from diplomatiquediplomatic
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Word Origin and History for diplomacy

1796, from French diplomatie, formed from diplomate "diplomat" (on model of aristocratie from aristocrate), from Latin adjective diplomaticos, from diploma (genitive diplomatis) "official document conferring a privilege" (see diploma; for sense evolution, see diplomatic).

It is obvious to any one who has been in charge of the interests of his country abroad that the day secrecy is abolished negotiations of any kind will become impossible. [Jules Cambon, "The Diplomatist" (transl. Christopher Rede Turner), 1931]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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