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  • n. A diplomatic maneuver; one handled with finesse.
  • n. A protest launched through diplomatic measures


Borrowing from French démarche, from Middle French, from 12th century demarcher ("to march"), from Old French demarchier, from de- + marchier.[2] (Wiktionary)


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  • “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had been the most senior U.S. official to talk of the seriousness of the breach, discussed it on Thursday with a Chinese diplomat in Washington, however, and a senior administration official said there would be a “démarche in coming days” — a diplomatic move.”

    The New York Times, After Google’s Loud Stance on China, U.S. Treads Lightly, by David E. Sanger and John Markoff, January 14, 2010

    January 15, 2010