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diplomat

[dip-luh-mat] /ˈdɪp ləˌmæt/
noun
1.
a person appointed by a national government to conduct official negotiations and maintain political, economic, and social relations with another country or countries.
2.
a person who is tactful and skillful in managing delicate situations, handling people, etc.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < French diplomate, back formation from diplomatique diplomatic
Can be confused
diplomat, diplomate.
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Examples for diplomats
  • diplomats make it their business to conceal the facts, and politicians violently denounce the politicians of other countries.
  • They would work closely with diplomats, then return to their labs and remain on call for special projects for another five years.
  • Create great soldiers who are better, nay, super diplomats.
  • It's a destination for tourists, the press and diplomats.
  • Maybe making diplomats out of scientists is a bad idea.
  • Here's to hoping that diplomats across the region make good use of that air conditioning.
  • diplomats try to help their own country, encourage cooperation between nations, and maintain peace.
  • He could be the funny guy in the quiet room, interviewing thinkers and diplomats.
  • diplomats and their doings have generally not been held in high regard by our cartoonists.
  • They are going to create tension in our relationships between our diplomats and our friends around the world.
British Dictionary definitions for diplomats

diplomat

/ˈdɪpləˌmæt/
noun
1.
an official, such as an ambassador or first secretary, engaged in diplomacy
2.
a person who deals with people tactfully or skilfully
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Word Origin and History for diplomats

diplomat

n.

1813, from French diplomate, a back-formation from diplomatique (see diplomatic) on model of aristocrate from aristocratique.

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