- relation; connection, especially harmonious or sympathetic relation: a teacher trying to establish close rapport with students.
Origin of rapport
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Examples from the Web for rapports
He talked of Palmerston, his position and his health, and his rapports with the Queen, who is now entirely reconciled to him.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
At every step he paused to study the rapports of line, of light, of shadow, of colour.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning
Willard Huntington Wright
Much curious information on this subject will be found in Cabanis' Rapports du physique et du moral de l'homme.The Map of Life
William Edward Hartpole Lecky
By the way, would you like a copy of De lIseres work on diseases of the voice, and the rapports between sexual and vocal power?The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1
They are only relations or consequences of relations (rapports), or only results of observed laws.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution
Alpheus Spring Packard
- (often foll by with) a sympathetic relationship or understandingSee also en rapport
Word Origin and History for rapports
1660s, "reference, relation, relationship," from French rapport "bearing, yield, produce; harmony, agreement, intercourse," back-formation from rapporter "bring back; refer to," from re- "again" (see re-) + apporter "to bring," from Latin apportare "to bring," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).
Psychological meaning "intense harmonious accord," as between therapist and patient, is first attested 1894, though the word had been used in a very similar sense with reference to mesmerism from 1845 (first recorded in Poe). Cf. also report (n.). Johnson frowns on the word and credits its use in English to Sir William Temple, naturalizer of French terms, who did use it but was not the first to do so.
- Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity.