détente

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See also: detente and detenté

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French détente (relaxing).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /deɪˈtɒnt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /deɪˈtɑnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnt

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détente (plural détentes)

  1. (chiefly politics) A relaxing of tension, especially between countries.
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 318:
      Analogous structural and political constraints stood in the way of a lasting détente between Germany and Britain.
    • 2014 January 14, Stephen Kinzer, “Invading Iraq was dumb enough. Now Congress wants to derail the Iran deal”, in The Guardian[1]:
      No step the United States could take anywhere in the world would bring strategic benefits as great as detente with Iran.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin detenta or detendita, as a feminine past participle of detentus.

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détente f (plural détentes)

  1. relaxation, détente
  2. trigger (firearms)
  3. (sports) height to which one is able to jump
  4. (physics) expansion of a gas or a spring

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  • English: détente, detent

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