• WordNet 3.6
    • n rapprochement the reestablishing of cordial relations
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rapprochement Act or fact of coming or being drawn near or together; establishment or state of cordial relations. "He had witnessed the gradual rapprochement between the papacy and Austria."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapprochement A coming or bringing together or into accord; establishment of harmonious relations; reconciliation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rapprochement ra-prōsh′mong reunion.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. rapprocher, to cause to approach again. See Re-; Approach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The immediate result of this set back was to effect a rapprochement between Julius Hersheimmer and the Young Adventurers.
"The Secret Adversary" by Agatha Christie
Russia hesitates because an actual rapprochement with us is equivalent to a permanent estrangement with Germany.
"Peter Ruff and the Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
There was between them a momentary rapprochement; but it could not last.
"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford
In the course of informal conversations these accomplished diplomats planned for a rapprochement.
"The Path of Empire" by Carl Russell Fish
It is an attitude which suggests a sort of rapprochement or camaraderie or, as Archie would have put it, what not.
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
A flare up of hitherto unimaginable brotherly love has indicated this sacrilegious rapprochement.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Il vit l'agent se rapprocher, tenir le coup, lui, plus fort sur ce chapitre aussi.
"Histoires grises" by E. Edouard Tavernier
Ainsi la plante nous paroit se rapprocher de la pierre, mais n'en approche jamais reellement.
"Theory of the Earth, Volume 1 (of 4)" by James Hutton
After the crisis of 1911 public opinion forced British rulers to a rapprochement toward Germany.
"The New York Times Current History: the European War, February, 1915" by Various
His inclination to a rapprochement with Russia is not shared by his Ministers.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In news:

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was scheduled to outline Washington's strategic shift to the Pacific and a tentative rapprochement with Myanmar when he met yesterday with Asian counterparts at a conference in Cambodia, officials said.
A rapprochement between nuclear- armed rivals Pakistan and India is bad news for thousands of militants who have spent the past decade trying to oust Indian security forces from the disputed Kashmir Valley.
Libya normalize relationship / Analysts say politics, oil play key roles in rapprochement .
Big Business Is Pushing for Rapprochement .
President Obama's trip to Myanmar comes as the capstone of a stunningly fast rapprochement with a country the US once treated as a pariah.
He had achieved the improbable during his four-day visit: substantive steps toward political, cultural, and religious rapprochement with the East.
New IM chief talks of rapprochement between Sudan 's Islamists.

In science:

Even on the rare occasions when they got together, the two sides seemed to “talk past each other.” Over the last decade, however, there has been a certain rapprochement of ideas on quantum gravity.
Overview and Outlook