What does diplomacy mean?

Definitions for diplomacy
dɪˈploʊ mə sidiplo·ma·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diplomacy, diplomatic negotiationsnoun

    negotiation between nations

  2. delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finessenoun

    subtly skillful handling of a situation

  3. statesmanship, statecraft, diplomacynoun

    wisdom in the management of public affairs


  1. diplomacynoun

    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.

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

  2. diplomacynoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diplomacynoun

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

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

  2. Diplomacynoun

    dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact

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

  3. Diplomacynoun

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

    Etymology: [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.

Editors Contribution

  1. diplomacy

    A team of people with the ability, experience, skills, knowledge and confidence to communicate, negotiate and create fair, just and peaceful solutions and human rights solutions and outcomes with other people with this role or responsibility in a country or nation.

    Diplomacy is vital in international relations and to create peace, harmony, balance, justice and human rights as an intelligent humanity.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 9, 2020  
  2. diplomacy

    The ability, experience, intuition, knowledge, skills and training to communicate, negotiate, agree and create sustainable and peaceful agreements, policies and solutions with other countries or areas of unity government authority in order of priority focusing on optimum health, human rights, right to life, civil rights and ethical, fair, just and moral shared prosperity for all, stability, unity government, solidarity, cohesion, animal rights, right to life, right to housing, right to education, right to parent, right to childcare, right to a standard of living, right to internet access, economic stability, financial stability, equal rights, equal opportunities, employment rights, childrens rights, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, united partnership, multi-party working, community empowerment systems, equal distribution of income, wealth, fairness and justness across society, the country, europe and the world and contribute to the cocreation of global and national peace agreements, peace treaties, the universes truth and a fair, just and transparent system of checks and balances.

    Diplomacy is a tool that many people use daily around the world.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 20, 2020  

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  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

Examples of diplomacy in a Sentence

  1. Susanne Roff:

    There was an awful lot of sympathy for the Soviet Union during the war and post war years, there was a considerable number of communists, socialists and fellow travelers in the upper echelons of British diplomacy and other fields, particularly in the laboratories of Cambridge.

  2. Prof.Salam Al Shereida:

    Diplomacy without sagacity and manoeuvring is like music without instruments.

  3. Antonio Guterres:

    It is absolutely not true that Ive only done discreet diplomacy.

  4. President Obama:

    This is a good day because now we see what’s possible with good American diplomacy, now our governments are talking to each other.

  5. Uzi Arad:

    The question is, do we today have an understanding with the Americans as to what should be done if there is this-or-that (nuclear) violation? I'm not so sure, to judge by the outcome, we lost. In any event, their (Iranian) diplomacy won, and that's a pity.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. efface
    • B. summon
    • C. affront
    • D. elaborate

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