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Attested since at least the 1925, from Locarno +‎ -ize. Named after the site of a 1925 treaty in the Swiss town.[1]


locarnize (third-person singular simple present locarnizes, present participle locarnizing, simple past and past participle locarnized)

  1. (rare) To corrupt a peace agreement or treaty to favor one side.
    • 1927 June 26, “Poincare finds ally in Harden in speech row”, in The Billings Gazette, page 2:
      And when these promises have been unmistakably fulfilled, even Poincare will not hesitate to reduce the troops of occupation and to consent to complete evacuation at an early date, as well as to Locarnizing all the French policies.
    • 2002, Nicole Jordan, The Popular Front and Central Europe: The Dilemmas of French Impotence 1918–1940, page 16:
      While the French emissary fastidiously avoided evoking the 1925 negotiations, given the Marshal's vehemently negative sentiments on the subject, Pilsudski promptly saw through the French move to 'locarnize' the treaty.
    • 2005, Zara S. Steiner, The Lights That Failed: European International History 1919–1933, p. 518, published by Oxford University Press, →ISBN
      “While future talks were not ruled out Piłsudski would not have the military pact ‘locarnized’ (his word), nor would he accept any French move to reduce their obligations to Poland in case of a Polish–Soviet conflict.”
    • 2014, Piotr Stefan Wandycz, The Twilight of French Eastern Alliances, 1926–1936: French–Czechoslovak–Polish Relations from Locarno to the Remilitarization of the Rhineland p. 100, published by Princeton University Press, →ISBN
      “For the record, Piłsudski states most categorically that this was a French initiative, and manifested a repugnance to have the military convention ‘locarnized’ (Franchet d’Esperey recorded this expression).”

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  1. ^ Gold, David L. “Offspring of the English Verb Babelize (With Remarks on French, Hebrew, and Spanish)”, Neophilologus July 2002, Volume 86, Issue 3, p. 456: “Soon after Balkanize came into use, the intransitive verb Locarnize was coined in allusion to the Locarno Pact, a series of five treaties initialed in October 1925 in Locarno, Switzerland.”