armistice

noun
ar·​mi·​stice | \ ˈär-mə-stəs How to pronounce armistice (audio) \

Definition of armistice

: temporary stopping of open acts of warfare by agreement between the opponents : truce

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Synonyms for armistice

Synonyms

cease-fire, truce

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Armistice descends from Latin sistere, meaning "to come to a stand" or "to cause to stand or stop," combined with arma, meaning "weapons." An armistice, therefore, is literally a cessation of arms. Armistice Day is the name that was given to the holiday celebrated in the United States on November 11 before it was renamed Veterans Day by Congress in 1954. The original name refers to the agreement between the Allied Powers and Germany to end hostilities that constituted the first World War, designated to take effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Other armistices, involving Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Austria-Hungary, were effected on other dates before and after November 11.

Examples of armistice in a Sentence

both sides in the conflict agreed to an armistice during the solemn holy days

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Trump has openly floated the possibility of striking a peace deal formally ending the Korean War 65 years after an armistice ceased military hostilities. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "Here’s What to Watch for When Trump and Kim Meet," 11 June 2018 Around 32,000 North Koreans have resettled in the South since an armistice halted the 1950-53 Korean War. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "Hackers Steal Personal Information of North Korean Defectors in South Korea," 28 Dec. 2018 Macron appeared to convince Trump to follow through on promises to visit Paris in November to mark 100 years since the armistice ending World War I, and added a possible battlefield tour to Trump’s program. Angela Charlton, The Seattle Times, "Bromance cools for once-chummy Trump and Marcon," 26 Sep. 2018 An armistice brought about a cease-fire to the Korean War in 1953, but the conflict never officially ended because the parties could not agree to a formal peace treaty. Choe Sang-hun, BostonGlobe.com, "North and South Korea set bold, but difficult, goals for peace," 28 Apr. 2018 Both sides are still technically at war, as an armistice was signed that stopped the fighting but not a peace treaty. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "'Frank and sincere talks': Korean leaders take historic steps toward possible accord," 27 Apr. 2018 An armistice brought about a cease-fire to the Korean War in 1953, but the conflict never officially ended because the parties could not agree to a formal peace treaty. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "North and South Korea Set Bold Goals: A Final Peace and No Nuclear Arms," 27 Apr. 2018 And when armistice brought the bitter fighting to an uneasy halt in 1953, the poplar found itself inside the peace village or Joint Security Area — an 800-meter-wide bubble within the DMZ where soldiers from both sides intermixed. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "At Korean summit in DMZ, ‘deranged’ ax murders still cast a shadow," 26 Apr. 2018 Following a busy weekend of events honoring Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the armistice of World War I, Kate Middleton and Prince William have stepped out in South Yorkshire for a busy day of excursions. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Photos of Kate Middleton & Prince William Giggling During Their Visit to McLaren Are Too Much," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of armistice

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for armistice

French or New Latin; French, from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma + -stitium (as in solstitium solstice)

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armistice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of armistice

: an agreement to stop fighting a war

armistice

noun
ar·​mi·​stice | \ ˈär-mə-stəs How to pronounce armistice (audio) \

Kids Definition of armistice

: a pause in fighting brought about by agreement between the two sides

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