Definition of Detente

1. Noun. The easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations).

Generic synonyms: Alleviation, Easement, Easing, Relief

Definition of Detente

1. Noun. (alternative form of détente) ¹

2. Noun. A relaxing of tension between major powers, especially the particular thawing of relations between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cold War. ¹

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Definition of Detente

1. an easing of international tension [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Detente

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Literary usage of Detente

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of European and American Sculpture from the Early Christian Period by Chandler Rathfon Post (1921)
"The detente manifested itself particularly in utterly captivating feminine ... The draperies of the detente reacted against the ponderous elaboration of ..."

2. Europe: Dimensions of Peace by Björn Hettne (1988)
"detente is the main way towards a mutual confidence between countries, ... detente is a complicated interlacing of political, military and economic ..."

3. NATO's Future: Toward a New Transatlantic Bargain by Stanley R. Sloan (1995)
"detente DECLARED DEAD When President Gerald Ford suggested that the term "detente" should be removed from the West's political vocabulary, many Europeans ..."

4. Fresh Gleanings; Or, A New Sheaf from the Old Fields of Continental Europe by Donald Grant Mitchell (1847)
"detente R. we reached Deventer, it was the middle of the morning of a market day; and the short- gowned women thronging over the great square, ..."

5. A Hostage in Germany by Georges Desson (1917)
"The idea suggested itself to me of making a raised platform to enable all to see comfortably ; one Theatre de la detente Cordiale. that could be put ..."

6. The Language of Foreign Affairs (1987)
"detente: A term used to describe the improved Soviet-American relations in the 1970s.1 Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has described the ongoing ..."

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