noun, plural dé·tentes [dey-tahnts; French dey-tahnt]. /deɪˈtɑnts; French deɪˈtɑ̃t/.
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If Obama's strategy is to dial back the blue/red civil war to a detente, Franken's is to escalate it to World War III.
The Ambassador quite appreciated that the purpose of the mission was to create a detente, as distinguished from an entente.
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A period of lessening tension between two major national powers, or a policy designed to lessen that tension. Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.