What does rapprochement mean?

Definitions for rapprochement
ˌræp roʊʃˈmɑ̃rap·proche·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reconciliation, rapprochementnoun

    the reestablishing of cordial relations


  1. rapprochementnoun

    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.

    Etymology: Borrowed from rapprochement.


  1. Rapprochement

    In international relations, a rapprochement, which comes from the French word rapprocher, is a re-establishment of cordial relations, as between two countries. In the political scene of an individual country rapprochement means the bringing together of diverse political factions as, for example, during metapolitefsi in Greece. Other examples of its use are the mending of relations between the United States under Richard Nixon and the People's Republic of China from 1972 onwards. Additionally, the period known as détente or 'relaxation' between the United States and the Soviet Union during the 1970s was a time of rapprochement. Rapprochement also refers to a human developmental milestone usually occurring between 15 to 24 months. The child moves away from and then returns to the mother for reassurance. In the Jointness type of object relation the individuals jointly determine the extent of rapprochement between themselves, while each of them is sensorily attentive to the strangeness and the separateness that the other represents for him.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rapprochement

    ra-prōsh′mong, n. reunion. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapprochement in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rapprochement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of rapprochement in a Sentence

  1. Eldred Masunungure:

    It may have dawned on the West that Zimbabwe is stuck with ZANU-PF for a long time to come and that this is time for rapprochement, they are taking a pragmatic approach to say the policy of the last 10 years has not really worked because Mugabe is still president.

  2. Petros Vasiliadis:

    The patriarch and the pope share radical ideas and both have the burning desire to move a step forward towards the rapprochement of the two Churches.

  3. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    Normalization between the United States and Cuba makes us happy. We salute this rapprochement.

  4. Bruno Le Maire:

    There are strategic businesses. We have two world leaders, Veolia and Suez. I have always called for a friendly rapprochement.

  5. John Robertson:

    The economy is in such a dire state and Mugabe's rapprochement with Western donors is a realization that he has very few options - even if he may have personal misgivings and it goes against his political beliefs.

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