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Monday, April 23, 2001

Definitions for rapprochement

  1. The establishment or state of cordial relations.

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Citations for rapprochement
Mikhail Gorbachev and his team of self-described reformers were publicly heralding a new era of rapprochement with the West. Ken Alibek with Stephen Handelman, Biohazard
The documentary record of initial White House-level efforts to initiate rapprochement with China . . . remains slim. William Burr, The Kissinger Transcripts
Origin of rapprochement
Rapprochement comes from the French, from rapprocher, "to bring nearer," from Middle French, from re- + approcher, "to approach," from Old French aprochier, from Late Latin appropire, from Latin ad- + propius, "nearer," comparative of prope, "near."