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Topic: OFFICIALS

Date: 1700-1800
Language: French
Origin: diplomatique, from Latin diploma; DIPLOMA

diplomatic

adjective
     
dip‧lo‧mat‧ic
1PGO relating to or involving the work of diplomats:
Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting began on Oct 25.
2PG

diplomatic relations/ties

the arrangement between two countries that each should keep representatives at an embassy in the other's country
establish/break off diplomatic relations
The two countries established diplomatic relations last year.
3 dealing with people politely and skilfully without upsetting them [= tactful]:
They were always very diplomatic with awkward clients.
a diplomatic answer
diplomatically adverb:
Maria handled the situation very diplomatically.
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