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[steyt-kraft, -krahft] /ˈsteɪtˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft/
the art of government and diplomacy.
Origin of statecraft
1635-45; state + craft Unabridged
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  • Such are questions of statecraft in the age of photography.
  • It is a rule of statecraft that a government control and operate its own opposition.
  • The past, moreover, really held models of statecraft from which his own times had fallen away.
  • We should see the honour of defending the common cause confined by statecraft to a mercenary part of the people.
  • Some do this with statecraft or conquest, with science or art, with discovery or poetry.
  • High-level statecraft requires a talent for telling divergent groups of people what they want to hear.
  • Emotion is always the enemy of wise statecraft, and emotion is part of what drives this intervention.
British Dictionary definitions for statecraft


the art of conducting public affairs; statesmanship
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