Rapprochement definition

räprôsh-mäɴ
An establishing, or esp. a restoring, of harmony and friendly relations.
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The reestablishment of cordial relations, particularly between two countries; a reconciliation.

It was the Nixon administration that saw the rapprochement between the United States and China.

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A reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries.
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The state of reconciliation or of cordial relations.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rapprochement
Plural:
rapprochements

Origin of rapprochement

  • French from rapprocher to bring together re- re- approcher to approach (from Old French aprochier approach)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French rapprochement.

    From Wiktionary