Word of the day

The word for today is…

rapprochement (noun) – 1. A reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries.
2. The state of reconciliation or of cordial relations.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : English rapprochement comes directly from modern French rapprochement “reconciliation, understanding,” dates only from the end of the 18th century, and is still unnaturalized, as one can tell from its more or less French pronunciation. The underlying French word is the verb approcher (Old French aprochier) “to approach,” which English adopted in the 14th century. The English spelling approach has given rise to two nonstandard spellings of rapprochement: rapproachement and rapproachment. Rapprochement entered English in the late 18th century.


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