VCR Lesson 1

Reanna Brooks

Fill in the blank with the word that fits best from the unit

The Treaty of Versailles was a _______________ between Germany and the Allied Powers that ended World War I.

The Word

rapprochement: (n) Reconciliation; restoration of cordial relations, especially between two countries.

pronunciation:
(rá prôsh män')

Roots

French: rapprocher- to bring together
  • Middle French: re- + approcher
  • Old French: aprochier


Latin: appropiare
infinitive- "to approach"

*First Known Use: 1809

Antonyms

* mainly words related to disagreement, although not strictly related to foreign relations.

1. aloofness
2. disagreement
3. trouble

Synonyms

*words relate to restoration of harmony, and can be used in any such situation

1. communion
2. fellowship
3. rapport

History

-first used in 1809 from French rapprochement (dictionary.com).
-began to appear frequently in the English language after used to describe President Kennedy and Castro coming to an agreement with the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962
-frequently used to describe Nixon mending relations in China in 1972
- became well known due to these political figures and national events

CHOOSE THE LETTER OF THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IN BOLD-FACED TYPE IS USED INCORRECTLY.

A. The rapprochement between Kennedy and Castro ended what could have been a major missile disaster.
B. Obama is currently pursuing a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel.
C. The rapprochement of the boy band increased their following.
D. During colonial times, the colonists reached a brief rapprochement with the Indians in order to survive the harsh winters.



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The correct answer is C.
Rapprochement occurs between two countries or two distinct people groups that represent nations, not used when describing two ordinary people coming back together.