Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The art of leading a country: "They placed free access to scientific knowledge far above the exigencies of statecraft” ( Anthony Burgess).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The skills of being a statesman, of leading a country well.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of conducting state affairs; state management; statesmanship.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of conducting state affairs; state management; statesmanship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. wisdom in the management of public affairs

Etymologies

From state +‎ -craft. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A realistic plan to prevent [these "dangers"] from occurring is what people with experience in statecraft call 'strategy,' something Senator Obama has not offered yet.

    McCain’s Sunni Shi’ites - Swampland - TIME.com

  • A realistic plan to prevent them from occurring is what people with experience in statecraft call 'strategy,' something Senator Obama has not offered yet.

    McCain Campaign Gets All Ironic in Obama’s Grill - Swampland - TIME.com

  • He has three main sets of conclusions: that Elizabeth learned important lessons of statecraft from the bitter failures of her sister Mary's reign, that her attitude to religion was a sincere adherence to what evolved into High Church Anglicanism, and that her attitudes to both marriage and religion were perhaps crucially formed during her residence with her father's last wife and her second husband, Thomas Seymour.

    November Books 31 and 32) Two books about Elizabeth I

  • The goal of our statecraft is to help create a world of democratic, well-governed states that can meet the needs of their citizens and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system.

    Think Progress » Bush Advisor To Reporter: Katrina “Has Fallen So Far Off The Radar Screen, You Can’t Find It”

  • The European Union, from its beginnings as an experiment in statecraft, has rapidly emerged as a resounding success; yet Americans have so far managed to ignore the geopolitical revolution under way across the Atlantic.

    Archive 2005-03-13

  • He took up in statecraft the role of a political Torquemada.

    Woodrow Wilson and the Doctrine of Sovereignty

  • Several celebrated left-wing blogs often linked to him, in appreciation for what one pundit turned blogger called the “acid wit behind his trenchant criticism of the dick wagging the Bush administration calls statecraft.”

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Nevertheless, as a contribution to statecraft, which is concerned with the economic system as a whole and with securing the optimum employment of the system's entire resources, the methods of the early pioneers of economic thinking in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries may have attained to fragments of practical wisdom which the unrealistic abstractions of

    The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

  • These, and others which are the legacy of colonial days, will tax to the limit the statesmanship, ingenuity, altruism, and steadfastness of African leadership and its unbending avowal to democratic tenets in statecraft.

    Albert Lutuli - Nobel Lecture

  • Must the idea of statecraft and rule perpetually reappear, reclothe itself in new forms, age, die, even as life does -- making each time its almost infinitesimal addition to human achievement?

    The Research Magnificent

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