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Definition of the noun diplomacy

What does diplomacy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: diplomacies

  1. negotiation between nations
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of diplomacy: diplomatic negotiations
    • more generic words: dialogue / negotiation / talks = a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    • more specific terms:
      • dollar diplomacy = diplomacy influenced by economic considerations
      • gunboat diplomacy / power politics = diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives
      • recognition = the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
      • shuttle diplomacy = international negotiations conducted by a mediator who frequently flies back and forth between the negotiating parties
    • instance: Strategic Arms Limitation Talks / SALT = negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
  2. subtly skillful handling of a situation
  3. wisdom in the management of public affairs
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of diplomacy: statecraft / statesmanship
    • more generic words: wisdom / wiseness = the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

Alternative definition of the noun diplomacy


  1. 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
  2. Tact and subtle skill in dealing with people so as to avoid or settle hostility.


  1. "Diplomacy" is a 2014 drama film written by Cyril Gely and Volker Schlöndorff, and directed by Volker Schlöndorff.
  2. "Diplomacy": The UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE is about to meet with the IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER in the first high-level diplomatic talks between the two countries in thirty years. Each has an interpreter in tow: on the American side, MICHAEL, a young staffer of Iranian descent; on the Iranian side, AZAR, a luminous young woman with an Oxford accent. Almost immediately, the interpreters begin warping the officials' words to avoid causing offense. But soon realizing the heavy burden on their shoulders and just how little the diplomats are willing to budge, the interpreters go further, making outright policy revisions way beyond their authority. As tempers flare and misunderstandings mount, they must keep their game hidden at all costs - or their good intentions could lead to catastrophic results.
  3. "Diplomacy" is a 1926 American silent mystery film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed through Paramount Pictures. The movie is an update of the 19th century play Diplomacy, by Victorien Sardou. Marshall Neilan directs his then wife Blanche Sweet who stars. A copy of the film is preserved at the Library of Congress.
  4. "Diplomacy" is a 1916 silent film drama produced by the Famous Players Film Company and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is based on the 19th Century stage play Diplomacy by Victorien Sardou, which had enjoyed revivals and road shows for decades. This film stars Doro reprising her Broadway role. The film is now lost with just a fragment, 1 reel, remaining at the Library of Congress.

Phrases with Diplomacy

  1. dollar diplomacy
  2. Defence Diplomacy
  3. gunboat diplomacy
  4. shuttle diplomacy

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Diplomacy

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Google previewWise Words and Quotes (2000)

by Vernon K. McLellan

Diplomacy is the art of saying, "Nice doggie!" until you can find a stick. In order to be a diplomat one must speak a number of languages, including double-talk.

Google previewWorld Politics: The Menu for Choice (2009)

by Bruce Russett, Harvey Starr, David Kinsella

Diplomacy is the central technique of foreign policy implementation and the only truly direct technique. Other techniques are often combined with diplomatic instruments in order to more effectively influence other states. For example, after a ...

Google previewThe Atlantic (1917)

Donnm diplomacy is the American equivalent of financial imperialism. It is a phrase which came first into use in this country during the administration of President Taft, in connection with the activity of the State Department in the promotion of ...

Google previewNew Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century (2012)

A Comparative Study of Policy and Practice by James Pamment

Public diplomacy is the communication of an international actor's policies to citizens of foreign countries. These citizens might include civil society representatives, non-governmental organisations, multinationals, journalists and media ...

Google previewThe Atlantic Monthly (1917)

DoDLAR diplomacy is the American equivalent of financial imperialism. It is a phrase which came first into use in this country during the administration of President Taft, in connection with the activity of the State Department in the promotion of ...

Google previewTerrorism, Civil War, and Revolution (2010)

Revolution and International Politics, 3rd Edition by Peter Calvert

Diplomacy is the conduct of negotiations between states in the international system according to customary practices formulated to assist in securing peaceful agreement. Other writers have offered other definitions, one particularly attractive ...

Google previewComputers and Games (2003)

Third International Conference, CG 2002, Edmonton, Canada, July 25-27, 2002, Revised Papers by Jonathan Schaeffer, Martin Müller, Yngvi Björnsson

Diplomacy is a multi-player, zero- sum and simultaneous move game with imperfect information. Pattern- weights represent stored knowledge of various aspects of a game that are learned through experience. An automated computer player is ...

Google previewDiplomatic Cultures and International Politics (2015)

Translations, Spaces and Alternatives by Jason Dittmer, Fiona McConnell

Conclusion Diplomacy is an everyday activity which has been an aspect of social life wherever there have been distinct political entities. Important as it is for...

Google previewEthics in Public Relations (2006)

Responsible Advocacy by Kathy Fitzpatrick, Carolyn Bronstein

The principal difference between public and traditional diplomacy is that the traditional approach is based on a...

Google previewMaking Australian Foreign Policy (2007)

by Allan Gyngell, Michael Wesley

Remarkably, given its age, diplomacy is an institution that preserves the basic forms of its core functions – communication, representation, information- gathering and negotiation – and the basic set of diplomatic privileges and immunities (now ...

Google previewGlobalization, the new tower of Babel?

Diplomacy is a long-term tool. This grants it a great “diplomatic” influence...

MIDDLE EAST Diplomacy is the Middle East is highly influenced by the oil producing, military and terrorist dissuasion capability.

Google previewEuropean Union Economic Diplomacy (2012)

The Role of the EU in External Economic Relations by Stephen Woolcock

Financial diplomacy is a complex field because of the linkages between monetary, fiscal and financial market policy. For the EU, this adds to the challenge of developing coherent policies because competences and the role of the EU vary ...

Google previewDiplomacy and the Making of World Politics (2015)

by Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot, Iver B. Neumann

Multilateral diplomacy is a social struggle like others, in which agents vie for positions, compete over resources, and seek to foster clashing interests. What is distinct about multilateral diplomacy is that ultimately these tensions usually remain ...

Google previewThe Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Diplomacy (2012)

by G.R. Berridge, Alan James, Lorna Lloyd

*Diplomacy (sense 1) which deals with all subjects, including those social and economic issues which were once...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy since the Cold War (2007)

by Tom Lansford

The post–Cold War diplomacy of the United States has evolved in stages that reflect changes in the international system. Through the 1990s, the nation's foreign affairs were marked by an evolution away from the post–World War II focus on ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Saarc Nations (2002)

by M.H. Syed

Diplomacy and domestic politics is interlinked, each affecting the other. While domestic issues may not always have diplomatic implication, every foreign policy issue is essentially a matter of domestic concern either as cause or effect or as ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Politics (2002)

by David Robertson

Diplomacy was necessary to find a way of explaining how a true popular Marxist revolution could, nevertheless,

Google previewEncyclopedia of Business in Today's World (2009)

A - C by Charles Wankel

Corporate diplomacy is the intersection of international business and international relations. Since the days of the East India Company and other joint- stock companies, the role of business in relationships between countries has intensified, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of American Propaganda (2004)

by Martin J. Manning, Herbert Romerstein

Cultural Diplomacy 77 launched a series of cultural and educational programs to promote Latin America's loyalty to its northern neighbor. In 1936, the American delegation agreed to a government-sponsored exchange of professors, graduate ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Presidency (2009)

by Facts On File, Incorporated

Wilson's personal diplomacy and interest in collective security would serve as a ...

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Quotes about Diplomacy

You can do a lot with diplomacy, but with diplomacy backed up by force you can get a lot more done. (Kofi Annan)
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Scrabble value of D2I1P3L1O1M3A1C3Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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