- the conduct by government officials of negotiations and other relations between nations.
- the art or science of conducting such negotiations.
- 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
Related Words for diplomacynegotiation, politics, savoir-faire, subtlety, artfulness, delicacy, poise, craft, discretion, address, finesse, skill, expedience, statecraft
Examples from the Web for diplomacy
Contemporary Examples of diplomacy
Those who served abroad were treated with suspicion that they had been infected by European diplomacy.U.S. Embassies Have Always Been for Sale
January 2, 2015
To date, much of the details of the diplomacy and even the interim deal between Iran and the West are shrouded in secrecy.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama
November 6, 2014
Diplomacy with Iran has already made the world a safer place.It’s Time to Nail the Iran Nuke Deal
Rep. Rush Holt, Kate Gould
October 15, 2014
Diplomacy may not work if the Foley killing is an example of how ISIS intends to use retaliation for military intervention.Families of Italian Aid Workers Held by ISIS Fear for Their Lives After Foley's Death
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 22, 2014
[When] the diplomacy culminated in April, there was no Plan B.Everyone Says John Kerry Should Stay Out of the Middle East
July 13, 2014
Historical Examples of diplomacy
Calmness, justice, and consideration should characterize our diplomacy.
Instead of this, it was the aim of our diplomacy to dissipate the opposition.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
In diplomacy, a last demand before resorting to concessions.The Devil's Dictionary
It was more; it was a mistake, a flaw in her diplomacy; for Calendar intercepted it.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I hoped, however, that diplomacy might still save us all sorts of a nasty row.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- the conduct of the relations of one state with another by peaceful means
- skill in the management of international relations
- tact, skill, or cunning in dealing with people
Word Origin for diplomacy
Word Origin and History for diplomacy
1796, from French diplomatie, formed from diplomate "diplomat" (on model of aristocratie from aristocrate), from Latin adjective diplomaticos, from diploma (genitive diplomatis) "official document conferring a privilege" (see diploma; for sense evolution, see diplomatic).
It is obvious to any one who has been in charge of the interests of his country abroad that the day secrecy is abolished negotiations of any kind will become impossible. [Jules Cambon, "The Diplomatist" (transl. Christopher Rede Turner), 1931]