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rapprochement

[rap-rohsh-mahn; French ra-prawsh-mahn]
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noun
  1. an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations: a rapprochement reached between warring factions.
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Origin of rapprochement

1800–10; < French, equivalent to rapproche(r) to bring near, bring together (r(e)- re- + approcher; see approach) + -ment -ment

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reconciliationfriendshipharmonyharmonizationdetentecordialityfriendlinessagreementreunionreconcilement

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British Dictionary definitions for rapprochement

rapprochement

noun
  1. a resumption of friendly relations, esp between two countries
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Word Origin

C19: literally: bringing closer
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Word Origin and History for rapprochement

n.

"establishment of cordial relations," 1809, from French rapprochement "reunion, reconciliation," literally "a bringing near," from rapprocher "bring near," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + aprochier (see approach (v.)).

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rapprochement in Culture

rapprochement

[(rap-rohsh-mahnn, rah-prawsh-mahnn)]

A closer approach of two groups to each other. Rapprochement, a French term, is often applied to two nations, especially ones that become reconciled after relations between them have worsened.

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