detente detente  /deɪ ˈtɑnt/


  • (n) the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)


  1. The Middle East war carried with it the distressing potential to damage or even destroy the superpowers' recent progress toward detente.
  2. THE key to any detente in Europe between the Soviet Union and the West is the innovative Ostpolitik pursued by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.


  • San Francisco and New York call truce, will co-host tech summit

    Laying aside years of bad blood that has at times threatened to spill into open warfare, the mayors of San Francisco and New York City agreed Friday afternoon to a digital detente that will include co-hosting a technology summit this year.        
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "German foreign policy would like to, and can, bring to that discussion its decades-long experience with detente and disarmament," Steinmeier wrote. "The goal of the debate must be a common solution that provokes nobody. Thus trust will grow,...
    on Mar 17, 2007 By: Frank-Walter Steinmeier Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. Rafsanjani said yesterday that "I am going for a policy of relaxation in tension and detente and this is a policy that I will apply towards the United States as well."
    on Jun 15, 2005 By: Hashemi Rafsanjani Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

  3. Obama got a standing ovation at the end, and Christiane Amanpour called the speech "a continuation of President Obama's detente" with the Muslim world on CNN.
    on Jun 4, 2009 By: Christiane Amanpour Source: Washington Post

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