Our diplomatic service no longer possesses the talent of the last fifty years.
Yet Kerry jumped right in, seemingly more interested in the photo opportunities of his job than the diplomatic opportunities.
But that evidence may never see the light of day because of legal and diplomatic hurdles.
Is Clinton faking a “diplomatic illness,” as suggested by John Bolton and echoed by other members on the incredulous right?
One can imagine present applications of this diplomatic tour de force, most usefully with Iran.
My intention when I went there was to endeavour with diplomatic cunning to effect a kind of arrangement, but alas!
You're not much like the attaché at the diplomatic ball—eh, Ricky?
The Malay runs amuck, and such is the British diplomatic style in dealing with us.
By his diplomatic cunning, Hungary was roused against Austria.
By diplomatic (and mercenary) arts I gained admittance to three, one of which has walls studded with jasper and mother-of-pearl.
1711, "pertaining to documents, texts, charters," from Medieval Latin diplomaticus, from diplomat-, stem of diploma (see diploma).
Meaning "pertaining to international relations" is recorded from 1787, apparently a sense evolved in 18c. from the use of diplomaticus in Modern Latin titles of collections of international treaties, etc., in which the word referred to the "texts" but came to be felt as meaning "pertaining to international relations." In the general sense of "tactful and adroit," it dates from 1826. Related: Diplomatically.