What does diplomacy mean?

Definitions for diplomacydɪˈploʊ mə si

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations(noun)

    negotiation between nations

  2. delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse(noun)

    subtly skillful handling of a situation

  3. statesmanship, statecraft, diplomacy(noun)

    wisdom in the management of public affairs


  1. diplomacy(Noun)

    The art and practice of conducting international relations by negotiating alliances, treaties, agreements etc., bilaterally or multilaterally, between states and sometimes international organisms, or even between policies 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. diplomacy(Noun)

    Tact and subtle skill in dealing with people so as to avoid or settle hostility.

  3. Origin: From diplomatie, from as if *, from diploma; see diploma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diplomacy(noun)

    the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (particularly in securing treaties), including the methods and forms usually employed

  2. Diplomacy(noun)

    dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact

  3. Diplomacy(noun)

    the body of ministers or envoys resident at a court; the diplomatic body

  4. Origin: [F. diplomatie. This word, like supremacy, retains the accent of its original. See Diploma.]


  1. Diplomacy

    Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of groups or states. It usually refers to international diplomacy, the conduct of international relations through the intercession of professional diplomats with regard to issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, culture, environment, and human rights. International treaties are usually negotiated by diplomats prior to endorsement by national politicians. In an informal or social sense, diplomacy is the employment of tact to gain strategic advantage or to find mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge, one set of tools being the phrasing of statements in a non-confrontational, or polite manner. The scholarly discipline of diplomatics, dealing with the study of old documents, derives its name from the same source, but its modern meaning is quite distinct from the activity of diplomacy.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Diplomacy

    di-plō′ma-si, n. the art of negotiation, esp. of treaties between states: political skill.—n. Diplomat′ic, a minister at a foreign court: (pl.) the science of deciphering ancient writings, as charters, decrees, &c.—paleography.—adjs. Diplomat′ic, -al, pertaining to diplomacy: skilful in negotiation.—adv. Diplomat′ically.—v.i. and v.t. Diplō′matise, to practise, or effect by, diplomacy.—ns. Diplō′matist, Dip′lōmat, one skilled in diplomacy; Diplomatol′ogy, the study or science of diplomatics, charters, decrees, &c.—Diplomatic corps, or Corps diplomatique, the whole body of foreign diplomatists resident at any court.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. diplomacy

    An endeavor to side-step Nemesis.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of diplomacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of diplomacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver Hereford:

    Diplomacy: lying in state.

  2. Nicolas Maduro:

    The diplomacy of peace prevailed.

  3. Isaac Asimov, Prelude to Foundation, said by Hari Seldon:

    Violence is the diplomacy of the incompetent.

  4. Matthew Trump:

    Diplomacy is the art of knowing what not to say.

  5. Peter Goldring:

    It's heavy-handed, i think it's clumsy diplomacy.

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