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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Definitions for rapprochement

  1. an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations: a rapprochement reached between warring factions.

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Citations for rapprochement
In May a Franco-German Committee of Socialist deputies, including Jaurès and Hugo Haase, met at Basel to discuss measures for rapprochement between their countries. Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower, 1962
He, too, barely spoke to Charles for decades but gradually underwent a rapprochement with his twin, David. Jane Mayer, Dark Money, 2016
Origin of rapprochement
English rapprochement comes directly from modern French rapprochement “reconciliation, understanding,” dates only from the end of the 18th century, and is still unnaturalized, as one can tell from its more or less French pronunciation. The underlying French word is the verb approcher (Old French aprochier) “to approach,” which English adopted in the 14th century. The English spelling approach has given rise to two nonstandard spellings of rapprochement: rapproachement and rapproachment. Rapprochement entered English in the late 18th century.
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