[ steyt-kraft, -krahft ]
See synonyms for statecraft on
  1. the art of government and diplomacy.

Origin of statecraft

First recorded in 1635–45; state + craft

Words Nearby statecraft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use statecraft in a sentence

  • Know and select the right instruments of statecraft and orchestrate them to maximum effect.

    The Essential Spy Guide | Henry A. Crumpton | May 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But every user of a radical ideology as a tool of statecraft fears being out-radicalized.

    Tehran's Pitiful Bid For Attention | Trita Parsi | September 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • To those who have exhausted statecraft, nothing remains but the realm of pure thought.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • My ideas about statecraft have passed through three main phases to the final convictions that remain.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • It has been the chronic mistake of statecraft and all organising spirits to attempt immediately to scheme and arrange and achieve.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • In no man have I perceived so sympathetically the great contrast between warm, personal things and the white dream of statecraft.

    The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
  • The shadow of the village pump has departed from his statecraft, and his political horizon girdles the earth.

British Dictionary definitions for statecraft


/ (ˈsteɪtˌkrɑːft) /

  1. the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship

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