• WordNet 3.6
    • adj diplomatic using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people "the hostess averted a confrontation with a diplomatic chenage of subject"
    • adj diplomatic relating to or characteristic of diplomacy "diplomatic immunity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The hardest crossword puzzles according to experts appear in two British papers: "The London Times" and "Observer." Only few readers can complete these and it takes them 2 to 3 hours. The record time for completing a "Times" puzzle was an incredible 3 minutes and 45 seconds by a British diplomat named Roy Dean in 1970.
    • n Diplomatic A minister, official agent, or envoy to a foreign court; a diplomatist.
    • Diplomatic Characterized by tact and shrewdness; dexterous; artful; as, diplomatic management.
    • Diplomatic Pertaining to diplomacy; relating to the foreign ministers at a court, who are called the diplomatic body.
    • Diplomatic Pertaining to diplomatics; paleographic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diplomatic Pertaining to diplomas or diplomatics.
    • diplomatic Pertaining to or of the nature of diplomacy; concerned with the management of international relations: as, a diplomatic agent.
    • diplomatic Skilled in the art of diplomacy; artful in negotiation or intercourse of any kind; politic in conduct.
    • n diplomatic A minister, an official agent, or an envoy to a foreign court; a diplomat.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diplomatic a minister at a foreign court:
    • adjs Diplomatic pertaining to diplomacy: skilful in negotiation
    • n Diplomatic (pl.) the science of deciphering ancient writings, as charters, decrees, &c.—paleography
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  • Robert Frost
    “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “Diplomats are useful only in fair weather. As soon as it rains, they drown in every drop.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “Diplomats were invented simply to waste time.”
  • Carl Rowan
    Carl Rowan
    “My advice to any diplomat who wants to have a good press is to have two or three kids and a dog.”
  • Caskie Stinnett
    Caskie Stinnett
    “A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When a diplomat says yes he means perhaps; when he says perhaps he means no; when he says no he is no diplomat.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. diplomatique,


In literature:

Jennie turned to the silent diplomat.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Her most astute diplomats will figure largely, for her dignity is at stake.
"Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond" by Budgett Meakin
Diplomatic papers, you know.
"He Walked Around the Horses" by Henry Beam Piper
Mr. Rankin, you are more diplomatic.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Phoebe brushed the young diplomat aside with scant ceremony.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
No diplomatic conflict, not the slightest disturbance of our relations with Japan prepared the way for the great surprise.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
Bernhard von Buelow, after serving in the Franco-Prussian War, entered the Prussian civil service, and was then transferred to the diplomatic service.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Peter passed, however, passed high, and had his reward in prompt assignment to small, subordinate, diplomatic duties in Germany.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
That, I believe, is the only vacancy which exists in the Diplomatic Service on that planet.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Of the diplomatic questions which arose many proved to be shadowy and unreal.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore

In poetry:

And there's a trait that's glorious,
In diplomatic art,
'Tis making right so odious
That wrong seems "pure of heart."
"Hiland-Buckingham" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Its brow, half martial, and half diplomatic,
Its eye, upsoaring like an eagle's wings;
Well might he boast that we, the Democratic,
Outrival Europe, even in our Kings!
"Red Jacket" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
Curse me the fiddling, twiddling diplomats,
Haggling here, plotting and hatching there,
Who make the kind world but their game of cards,
Till millions die at turning of a hair.
"A Curse For Kings" by Vachel Lindsay
We are with France--not by the ties
Of treaties made with tongue in cheek,
The ancient diplomatic lies,
The paper promises that seek
To hide the long maturing guile,
Planning destruction with a smile.
"We Are With France" by Richard Le Gallienne
And you think a wounded hero may hereafter count as zero,
And that every desperate Nero rules the cities which he burns;
That a wild steed caught and snaffled means a nation wholly baffled,
And its future may be raffled in your diplomatic urns!
"Aspromonte" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Israel continues its military offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip as diplomats in Cairo suggest tentative progress in their efforts to reach a cease-fire.
Vote Kacal: Conservative ranching voice will take well- intentioned , diplomatic approach.
On Friday, Russia inserted itself in the diplomatic row over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
As we first noted last week, Iran's program of diplomatic gamesmanship aimed at confusing and unnerving the Obama administration has begun.
American tourists visiting Soviet homes in Odessa have been questioned three times in the last three weeks by the police, Western diplomats said this week.
Sorry, Jill Kelley, you probably don't have 'diplomatic inviolability .
With Russia's Diplomatic Protection, Iran Feels Invulnerable .
US diplomats Friday warned a group of American peace activists not to attend a rally against US missile strikes scheduled for this weekend, saying terrorists have threatened to attack the demonstration.
Last month, I wrote about the danger Hamas poses to peace in the Middle East on a second, and relatively new, front: its newfound diplomatic clout in the region.
To my knowledge, there are no genuine isolationists —those who would build an economic, diplomatic and perhaps literal wall around this country—in modern American politics.
Burma's Junta Allows Diplomats and Reporters to Attend Suu Kyi Trial.
David Gergen, editor at large of US News & World Report, engages George Kennan , statesman and writer on American diplomatic history that includes much about Russia and the former Soviet Union.
He was the younger son of a diplomat from Bangladesh.
North Korea has proposed multilateral talks involving itself, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea and Russia to break the ongoing diplomatic stalemate over the country's nuclear weapons program.
Libya's national assembly elects former diplomat as prime minister.

In science:

Due to this difficulty, it has not become popular, however it is still routinely used in diplomatic secure communication.
A simple unbreakable code
That is why Vernam cipher is still in use today for military and diplomatic communications when security is of utmost important.
Learning by Test-infecting Symmetric Ciphers