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[steyt-kraft, -krahft] /ˈsteɪtˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
the art of government and diplomacy.
Origin of statecraft
First recorded in 1635-45; state + craft Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was received graciously, and Henry's reply was a masterly piece of statecraft.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • It is true that statecraft must make human nature its basis.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • This reversal is pregnant with a new outlook for statecraft.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • That a statecraft might deal with the tariff as an aid to its purposes is evident.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • Perhaps he was right; with his statecraft it may well be that he could have done no other than what he did.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for statecraft


the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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