diplomatic


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

diplomatic

adjective adept, artful, cautious in deallng, cunning, deft, dexterous, discreet, graceful, polite, politic, prudent, scheming, skillful in handling others, smoothly, strategic, tactful
Associated concepts: diplomatic immunity, diplomatic recognition, diplomatic relations, diplomatic status
See also: civil, discreet, judicious, politic, strategic, subtle, tactical
References in classic literature ?
When I was in the Diplomatic, things were much better.
The judgment and mind of the region reside in that solid, unostentatious society, where each man knows the resources of his neighbor, where complete indifference is shown to luxury and dress,--pleasures which are thought childish in comparison to that of obtaining ten or twelve acres of pasture land,--a purchase coveted for years, which has probably given rise to endless diplomatic combinations.
To-day it's a sort of diplomatic arrangement; ask Planchet.
I could remember the elated feeling and the soul-gripping cold of those tramway journeys taken into town to put what in diplomatic language is called pressure upon the good Hudig, with his warm fire, his armchair, his big cigar, and the never-failing suggestion in his good-natured voice: "I suppose in the end it is you they will appoint captain before the ship sails?
The short interval of solitude which this retreat had left him, permitted Monsieur the time to assume a diplomatic countenance.
While visits of ceremony and grand diplomatic conferences were going on between the partners and the king, the captain, in his plain, matter-of-fact way, was pushing what he considered a far more important negotiation; the purchase of a supply of hogs.
For the privilege of being your wife I was ready to surrender a great prize, the climax of my diplomatic career.
You have never taken a liberty but you have justified it," said Newman, with diplomatic urbanity.
You are not fit for diplomatic work, you know, ma chere.
I can arrive at the papers only by putting her off her guard, and I can put her off her guard only by ingratiating diplomatic practices.
For Count Vogelstein was official, as I think you would have seen from the straightness of his back, the lustre of his light elegant spectacles, and something discreet and diplomatic in the curve of his moustache, which looked as if it might well contribute to the principal function, as cynics say, of the lips--the active concealment of thought.
This was the case more specifically with a phenomenon at last quite frequent for him in the upper rooms, the recognition - absolutely unmistakeable, and by a turn dating from a particular hour, his resumption of his campaign after a diplomatic drop, a calculated absence of three nights - of his being definitely followed, tracked at a distance carefully taken and to the express end that he should the less confidently, less arrogantly, appear to himself merely to pursue.

Full browser ?