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[rap-rohsh-mahn; French ra-prawsh-mahn] /ˌræp roʊʃˈmɑ̃; French ra prɔʃˈmɑ̃/
an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations:
a rapprochement reached between warring factions.
Origin of rapprochement
1800-10; < French, equivalent to rapproche(r) to bring near, bring together (r(e)- re- + approcher; see approach) + -ment -ment
reconciliation, understanding, accommodation. Unabridged
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  • How it would all have ended I do not know, had not a curious incident helped to bring about a rapprochement.

    Poor Folk Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • For the rapprochement was scarcely a normal, schoolgirl intimacy.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • There would have been nothing else to talk about but a rapprochement between that estranged pair.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • It had evidently been assumed that the time had come for a rapprochement.

  • He would say nothing about Russia, because he had never regarded the Anglo-Russian rapprochement as politically expedient.

    Albert Ballin Bernhard Huldermann
British Dictionary definitions for rapprochement


a resumption of friendly relations, esp between two countries
Word Origin
C19: literally: bringing closer
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Word Origin and History for rapprochement

"establishment of cordial relations," 1809, from French rapprochement "reunion, reconciliation," literally "a bringing near," from rapprocher "bring near," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + aprochier (see approach (v.)).

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rapprochement in Culture
rapprochement [(rap-rohsh-mahnn, rah-prawsh-mahnn)]

A closer approach of two groups to each other. Rapprochement, a French term, is often applied to two nations, especially ones that become reconciled after relations between them have worsened.

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