from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The art or practice of conducting international relations, as in negotiating alliances, treaties, and agreements.
- n. Tact and skill in dealing with people. See Synonyms at tact.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The art and practice of conducting international relations by negotiating alliances, treaties, agreements etc., bilaterally or multilaterally, between states and sometimes international organisms, or even between policies with varying status, such as those of monarchs and their princely vassals
- n. Tact and subtle skill in dealing with people so as to avoid or settle hostility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (particularly in securing treaties), including the methods and forms usually employed.
- n. Dexterity or skill in securing advantages; tact.
- n. The body of ministers or envoys resident at a court; the diplomatic body.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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. Hence Dexterity or skill in managing negotiations of any kind; artful management with the view of securing advantages; diplomatic tact.
- n. A diplomatic body; the whole body of ministers at a foreign court.
- n. Same as diplomatics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. subtly skillful handling of a situation
- n. wisdom in the management of public affairs
- n. negotiation between nations
The term diplomacy applies to all of the following except:
As you know, the great art in diplomacy is to find a compromise or, as they now speak of it, to find a formula.
It basically said the United States is engaged in what I call diplomacy by press release.
"That is what I call diplomacy, Sir Edward," he remarked.
And not a little the dear old gentleman prided himself on his talents for what he called diplomacy -- arranging his plans, he said, 'just like a book-romance.'
"A lot of these web designers are young people working late, with too much coffee, too little sleep, not enough adult supervision and an underdeveloped sense of what I call diplomacy check."
She was not involved in "diplomacy" but in the day to day grind, at a very human level, handling duties that were sometimes disgusting, sometimes heart-warming, sometimes even inspirational, often funny.
"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."
Your notion that her "training in diplomacy" might somehow ease this situation does not take into account that she has a five-minute acceptance speech and he will have a lengthy commencement speech.
If you would like my opinion, at the time we are speaking, French diplomacy is not inactive.