[ dih-ploh-muh-see ]
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  1. the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.

  2. the art or science of conducting such negotiations.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French diplomatie, from diplomat(e) diplomat + -ie -y3

Other words from diplomacy

  • non·di·plo·ma·cy, noun
  • pre·di·plo·ma·cy, noun
  • su·per·di·plo·ma·cy, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for diplomacy


/ (dɪˈpləʊməsɪ) /

nounplural -cies
  1. the conduct of the relations of one state with another by peaceful means

  2. skill in the management of international relations

  1. tact, skill, or cunning in dealing with people

Origin of diplomacy

C18: from French diplomatie, from diplomatique diplomatic

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