Dictionary.com

gunboat diplomacy

Save This Word!

noun

diplomatic relations involving the use or threat of military force, especially by a powerful nation against a weaker one.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of gunboat diplomacy

First recorded in 1925–30

Words nearby gunboat diplomacy

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences from the Web for gunboat diplomacy

British Dictionary definitions for gunboat diplomacy

gunboat diplomacy

noun

diplomacy conducted by threats of military intervention, esp by a major power against a militarily weak state
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for gunboat diplomacy

gunboat diplomacy

A policy toward a foreign country that depends on the use, or threat of the use, of arms. (See big stick diplomacy.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Book Your Online Tutor Now