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statecraft

[steyt-kraft, -krahft]
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noun
  1. the art of government and diplomacy.
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Origin of statecraft

First recorded in 1635–45; state + craft
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  • It was received graciously, and Henry's reply was a masterly piece of statecraft.

    Henry VIII.

    A. F. Pollard

  • It is true that statecraft must make human nature its basis.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • This reversal is pregnant with a new outlook for statecraft.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • That a statecraft might deal with the tariff as an aid to its purposes is evident.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • Perhaps he was right; with his statecraft it may well be that he could have done no other than what he did.

    The King's Mirror

    Anthony Hope


British Dictionary definitions for statecraft

statecraft

noun
  1. the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship
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