See also: demarche and démarché


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Borrowed from French démarche, from Middle French, from 12th century demarcher (to march),[1] from Old French demarchier, from de- + marchier.[2]

Attested 1658,[2] in sense “walk, step”; meaning “a diplomatic move” attested from 1670s.[1]


  • (UK) IPA(key): /deɪˈmɑːʃ/
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démarche (plural démarches)

  1. A diplomatic maneuver; one handled with finesse.
  2. A protest launched through diplomatic measures.
    • 2009, Ivor Roberts, Satow's Diplomatic Practice, 6th Edition, page 54,
      A less formal way of making diplomatic representations or protests is called a démarche. The following from the US Department of State handbook sets out the typical procedures and purposes of a démarche.
    • 2012, Sotiris Rizas, The Rise of the Left in Southern Europe: Anglo-American Responses, unnumbered page,
      He did not question the Communist Party's conformity to Moscow, but he thought that the impact of a démarche would be limited since the Portuguese Communists could not afford to tone down their policies lest they be outflanked from the left.
    • 2014, Katrin Kinzelbach, The EU's Human Rights Dialogue with China: Quiet Diplomacy and Its Limits[1], page 99:
      The EU made a démarche on 16 April 2003 calling for the continuation of discussions regarding this so-called “follow-up mechanism”, but beyond the one-off meeting, the mechanism never took off and was soon forgotten due to staff changes within the EU bureaucracy.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “démarche”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
  2. 2.0 2.1 démarche”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.



From dé- +‎ marche.



démarche f (plural démarches)

  1. gait, walk
  2. step, procedure, move, intervention
  3. reasoning


  • English: démarche



  1. first-person singular present indicative of démarcher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of démarcher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of démarcher
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of démarcher
  5. second-person singular imperative of démarcher

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