• WordNet 3.6
    • n diplomacy subtly skillful handling of a situation
    • n diplomacy wisdom in the management of public affairs
    • n diplomacy negotiation between nations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Diplomacy Dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact.
    • Diplomacy The art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (particularly in securing treaties), including the methods and forms usually employed.
    • Diplomacy The body of ministers or envoys resident at a court; the diplomatic body.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n diplomacy The science of the forms, ceremonies, and methods to be observed in conducting the actual intercourse of one state with another, through authorized agents, on the basis of international law; the art of conducting such intercourse, as in negotiating and drafting treaties, representing the interests of a state or its subjects at a foreign court, etc.
    • n diplomacy The act or practice of negotiation or official intercourse, as between independent powers; diplomatic procedure in general; the transaction of international business: as, the history of European diplomacy.
    • n diplomacy Hence Dexterity or skill in managing negotiations of any kind; artful management with the view of securing advantages; diplomatic tact.
    • n diplomacy A diplomatic body; the whole body of ministers at a foreign court.
    • n diplomacy Same as diplomatics.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Diplomacy di-plō′ma-si the art of negotiation, esp. of treaties between states: political skill
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  • Wynn Catlin
    Wynn Catlin
    “Diplomacy is the art of saying Nice doggie! till you can find a rock.”
  • George Eliot
    “To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.”
  • Isaac Goldberg
    Isaac Goldberg
    “Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest things in the nicest way.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying nothing.”
  • Daniele Vare
    Daniele Vare
    “Diplomacy is the art of letting someone have your way.”
  • Andrew Young
    “Once the Xerox copier was invented, diplomacy died.”


Gunboat diplomacy - If a nation conducts its diplomatic relations by threatening military action to get what it wants, it is using gunboat diplomacy.
Megaphone diplomacy - If negotiations between countries or parties are held through press releases and announcements, this is megaphone diplomacy, aiming to force the other party into adopting a desired position.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. diplomatie,. This word, like supremacy, retains the accent of its original. See Diploma


In literature:

General Smyth again tried the effect of diplomacy upon the stubborn British.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
"Reminiscences of Forts Sumter and Moultrie in 1860-'61" by Abner Doubleday
Britain and Austria clung to their old systems, and, thanks to Wellington's genius and Metternich's diplomacy, they survived.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Caldwell was a clever man, skilled in forest diplomacy.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
With the Sultan he played the most remarkable game of diplomacy.
"The Jewish State" by Theodor Herzl
Diplomacy appealed to my ambition, my love of power and intrigue.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
His creation of the Congo Free State was just one evidence of his shrewdness and diplomacy.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
His diplomacy was turning out badly, and he repressed an inclination to retort.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
If peace with the United States could be maintained, the triumph of British diplomacy would be unqualified.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
Both war and diplomacy have many surprises; and it is quite possible that some way out of our embarrassing possession may yet be found.
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid

In poetry:

Kingcraft, Statecraft—Garibaldi!
Diplomacy, deep and dark,
Rules the hour; 'twere better never
To have left thy island ark.
"Garibaldi's Mission" by Janet Hamilton
It may not be. Behind the scenes
Sits old Diplomacy, still weaving
The web of statecraft, made to hide
"The tricks of state" and cool deceiving.
"The Isles of Greece" by Janet Hamilton
Dutch diplomacy struggled hard,
But Gallic chivalry won the day.
The sale was made, and the bill was paid,
And the guns went back to their pleasant play.
"A Business Transaction" by James Jeffrey Roche
"We may not look upon his like again."
Full oft he passed, avoiding shoal and strand,
O'er diplomacy's deep and treacherous main,
And brought the good ship Britain safe to land.
"Elegiac Verses On The Death of Lord Palmerston" by Janet Hamilton
He claims that suffrage, if applied
To Negroes, should be qualified;
That they diplomacied, should hail
From Dartmouth, Harvard or from Yale,
Before entrusted for an hour
With manhood's great elective power.
"Modern Moses" by James Madison Bell
Love's a burden to a princess and a trifle to a throne;
For the glory of a monarch is a heart of brass and stone;
Else diplomacy would famish and intrigue and guile would wane,
In the arms of ease and pleasure, find the certain way to shame.
"The Haven Of The Lees" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

The Baltimore Orioles took one small step for international diplomacy tonight and one huge step for their own humiliation.
Maneuvers In Middle East Diplomacy.
One leadership style leads a constructive rebel to break rules in diplomacy.
Obama at the UN on Israel-Palestine: Good Politics, Poor Diplomacy.
And of course, that's especially true in diplomacy, where we try to be very diplomatic all the time.
AS President Obama heads to Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos this week and next, intent on reversing China's drive to tighten its grasp on Southeast Asia, he is exercising an uncannily Asian-style diplomacy.
The diplomats in Cairo, apparently attempting to wield the power of social media for public diplomacy, put out official tweets with an unusually conversational tone.
Every day thousands of refugee flee into Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, but for the first time in months, there's an opportunity to form a government in exile that could open room for diplomacy.
"I really stand behind notion of diplomacy through art," says Boxborough artist Chris Flisher, "that instead of invading countries with weapons, we will invade countries with art.
US President Obama told Israel's visiting leader that the US 'will always have Israel's back,' and said his administration and Israel agree that diplomacy is the best way to deal with the issue of Iranian nuclear weapons.
Reliability of financial reporting and the necessity for transparency is universal and requires collaboration and diplomacy to ensure safe and stable international markets.
America is now into the period in the four-year cycle of US diplomacy when, because of impending elections, little if anything can be achieved.
Madeleine Albright Says US Must Use Diplomacy Surge.
What Netanyahu's meddling in US election means for Obama, Romney, and diplomacy.
Americans Favor Diplomacy Over Military Action on Iran by Almost 4 to 1.

In science:

Diplomacy” himself, Sanju Velani, for his constant help and encouragement in all matters mathematical (and sometimes political) and for keeping me on the straight and narrow.
Convergence results for simultaneous and multiplicative Diophantine approximation on planar curves