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  • 1The profession, activity, or skill of managing international relations, typically by a country's representatives abroad.

    ‘the government should assign an ambassador-at-large to oversee diplomacy in the region’
    • ‘Mr Chairman, Zambia has invested a lot in diplomacy and international relations.’
    • ‘Summit diplomacy has become a very important component of international diplomacy.’
    • ‘Bad mouthing the Germans in mid-bid probably wasn't the smartest piece of international diplomacy.’
    • ‘International diplomacy - and its failings - played just as big a part in the Balkan conflict.’
    • ‘Of course, not everyone has been enamoured of this latest incursion into international diplomacy.’
    • ‘They are also expected to follow accepted practices of diplomacy and to support international organizations.’
    • ‘The end of the cold war represented a dramatic change in the international context within which diplomacy is conducted.’
    • ‘Laval was a tough negotiator and manipulator, an activist in diplomacy in which he pushed at the frontiers of constraint.’
    • ‘It is a symbolic reassertion of the efficacy of diplomacy and dialogue over the use of force in international disputes.’
    • ‘Skill in diplomacy could not replace skill in war, but the former was essential to final success.’
    • ‘It also shows that simple dialogue or Western-backed diplomacy cannot provide solutions to the conflict.’
    • ‘Downer thinks Australia must become firmer in its private diplomacy over Taiwan.’
    • ‘What we are trying to do now is to use diplomacy and use political actions to resolve this.’
    • ‘We also hope the United States will apply flexible diplomacy, apart from its basic principles.’
    • ‘The dialogue of diplomacy then carries the threat of war rather than the promise of peace.’
    • ‘Italy has oscillated between active involvement in EU diplomacy and a passive presence in the system.’
    • ‘China should take note here and apply diplomacy to foster good neighbor relations.’
    • ‘However, military activity had left all sides weak and secret diplomacy took over from military conflict.’
    • ‘When English-Indian relations did not turn upon sheer power they rested on diplomacy.’
    • ‘There's a familiar rule that diplomacy works best when backed by the threat of force.’
    statesmanship, statecraft
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    1. 1.1The art of dealing with people in a sensitive and effective way.
      ‘his genius for tact and diplomacy’
      • ‘It would certainly require an incredible level of diplomacy and sensitivity.’
      • ‘Trying to make staff regulations for a team like that was a task requiring diplomacy and sensitivity.’
      • ‘Tactful diplomacy is, ultimately, the only sensible way to resolve this dispute.’
      • ‘Their admirable diplomacy on this sensitive question has an explanation not immediately obvious.’
      • ‘This is what we like: a little bit of verbal sparring between two people not exactly renowned for their diplomacy or tact.’
      • ‘We believe that women can excel in the field as it is not all about muscle but tact and diplomacy.’
      • ‘By concentrating on tact and diplomacy you can more effectively take advantage of your intellectual potential.’
      • ‘People in this category do well in employment requiring diplomacy and tact.’
      • ‘Tact and diplomacy are also important, and again, it is to the Moon, Venus and Libra that we look for support in that area.’
      • ‘The optimum solution will be one that involves diplomacy, dignity and justice for all concerned.’
      • ‘Can you talk about the delicacy and diplomacy needed to secure your footage?’
      • ‘An ability to influence with subtlety and diplomacy should not go unmentioned.’
      • ‘Now is the time for a return to traditional, professional Japanese diplomacy.’
      • ‘All these conflicts were eventually resolved by diplomacy, dialogue and concession.’
      tact, tactfulness, sensitivity, discretion, subtlety, finesse, delicacy
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/dəˈplōməsē/ /dəˈploʊməsi/


Late 18th century from French diplomatie, from diplomatique ‘diplomatic’, on the pattern of aristocratie ‘aristocracy’.