• WordNet 3.6
    • adj diplomatical using or marked by tact in dealing with sensitive matters or people "the hostess averted a confrontation with a diplomatic chenage of subject"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Diplomatical Characterized by tact and shrewdness; dexterous; artful; as, diplomatic management.
    • Diplomatical Pertaining to diplomacy; relating to the foreign ministers at a court, who are called the diplomatic body.
    • Diplomatical Pertaining to diplomatics; paleographic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diplomatical Same as diplomatic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Diplomatical pertaining to diplomacy: skilful in negotiation
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  • Di Cavour
    Di Cavour
    “I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me.”
  • Robert Frost
    “A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.”
  • 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:

A diplomat is supposed to have failed if the result of his work leads to war.
"Armageddon--And After" by W. L. Courtney
This to me was neither diplomatic nor polite.
"The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth" by Timothy Templeton
For a time I feared that the United States and the Grand Duchy of Barscheit would sever diplomatic relations.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
With this the diplomatic conferences terminated.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
This wrecked Wu's diplomatic projects, and no more was heard of any ambitious plans of the kingdom of Wu.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
I believe this is diplomatic, for some of the old ambassador people had this sort of voice.
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
An ecclesiastic, Pedro de la Gasca, famed for his subtle methods and diplomatic strategy, was despatched to the disturbed colony.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
Then began a diplomatic game between Cortes and the Emperor and the various chiefs of the country.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
But Maria Rubens was a true diplomat.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
When we next saw him we endeavoured by diplomatic questions to ascertain the reason why he had been subjected to such torture and indignity.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney

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:

Diplomatic tensions continue to grow over Iran's nuclear development program.
After 29 years in the US military, Col. Ann Wright retired and became a diplomat.
Harper won't ask it because he's too much of a diplomat to do so, of course.
Diplomatic Push For Ceasefire Intensifies.
The feeling of helplessness here reflects Seoul's utter inability to solve the North Korean policy puzzle — among the toughest in the world, diplomats say.
As another failed war threatens to tarnish his legacy, Henry Kissinger attempts to clarify his record—by evading, skirting, stretching, hedging, and stonewalling like the diplomatic master he is.
At least, that's the latest on the man behind the anti-Islam film, "Innocence of Muslims," that has fueled attacks on US diplomatic installations in Libya, Egypt.
Alger Hiss , the erudite diplomat and Harvard-trained government lawyer who was convicted of perjury in an espionage case that became one of the great riddles of the Cold War, died yesterday at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Amre Moussa has had a long diplomatic career.
But according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, his greatest achievement may have been his diplomatic skills in the years immediately after the Declaration of Independence was issued.
Google, the owner of YouTube, didn't want to censor the anti-Islamic video that has led to riots and the slaying of four US diplomats in Libya.
A US diplomat in Seoul has shocked a group of visiting Congressional staff members by allegedly making highly insensitive comments about two journalists — Taiwanese­-American Laura Ling (???
Action Group for Syria diplomats will convene in Switzerland.
President Chen Shui-bian, right, yesterday proposes a toast to Nauruan President Ludwig Scotty at the Presidential Office to celebrate the resumption of the diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Nauru .
But, hey, Western diplomats plan to propose a.

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