Rapprochement meaning

rä'prôsh-mäɴ'
An establishing, or esp. a restoring, of harmony and friendly relations.
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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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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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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