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diplomat

[dip-luh-mat] /ˈdɪp ləˌmæt/
noun
1.
a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
2.
a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.
Origin of diplomat
1805-1815
1805-15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confused
diplomat, diplomate.
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  • Yates was naturally too much of a diplomat to begin awkwardly.

  • His talents as a diplomat, such as they were, were needed continually.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But your Majesty knows me as a blunt man, when I serve him not as diplomat, but as friend.

    The Princess Virginia C. N. Williamson
  • I have no delicatesse as a diplomat, but I go blind on Libertad!

  • The diplomat touched him on the arm significantly, but the player shook his head.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for diplomat

diplomat

/ˈdɪpləˌmæt/
noun
1.
an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
2.
a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully
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Word Origin and History for diplomat
n.

1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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