Definition: Diplomacy

From New World Encyclopedia


From French diplomatie, a back-formation from diplomatique, ultimately from Latin diploma (letter of recommendation or authority).


diplomacy (countable and uncountable, plural diplomacies)

  1. The art and practice of conducting international relations by negotiating alliances, treaties, agreements etc., bilaterally or multilaterally, between states and sometimes international organizations, or even between polities with varying status, such as those of monarchs and their princely vassals.
    National diplomacy typically deploys its dexterity to secure advantage for one's nation.
  2. Tact and subtle skill in dealing with people so as to avoid or settle hostility.

Derived terms

  • citizen diplomacy
  • commodity diplomacy
  • defense diplomacy
  • guerrilla diplomacy
  • hostage diplomacy
  • panda diplomacy
  • public diplomacy

Related terms

  • diploma
  • diplomat
  • diplomatic
  • diplomatist


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