ar·​mi·​stice | \ˈär-mə-stəs \

Definition of armistice 

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

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Synonyms for armistice


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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Because while the automakers, Google, and Apple seem to have reached something of an armistice, there is evidence of cracks in the dam. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo Auto is another quick fix for the broken state of in-car infotainment," 21 Sep. 2018 The Koreas have never signed a peace treaty to replace the 1953 armistice that ended combat operations in the conflict. Bard Wilkinson, CNN, "Korean peace treaty needs more than Trump's 'blessing'," 18 Apr. 2018 The two sides have more or less abided by an armistice signed by US Lt Gen William K Harrison on behalf of South Korea and his North Korean counterpart General Nam Il, on July 27, 1953. Jamie Tarabay, CNN, "How Trump and Kim made it to 'hello'," 9 June 2018 The talks Sunday are expected to involve officials from the Pentagon and the U.N. Command, which commanded U.S.-led allied forces during the war and is involved in maintaining the armistice that ended the fighting in 1953. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018 Some even speculate that Trump and Kim may discuss a peace treaty formally ending the 1950-1953 Korean War, replacing the current armistice. Mari Yamaguchi,, "North Korea's neighbors may have conflicting goals for Kim-Trump summit," 9 June 2018 The duo agreed to work on a plan to formally end the Korean War that was halted by a temporary armistice in 1953. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "North Korea destroys missile test site ahead of Trump-Kim summit," 7 June 2018 During a historic summit in April, North and South agreed to hold talks over denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and bring a formal conclusion to the Korean War, which ended in armistice. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "North and South Korea teams unite at table tennis world championships," 4 May 2018 And the two sides committed to recovering remains of soldiers still missing from the Korean War, which ended in an armistice in 1953. WSJ, "A Q&A on the Trump-Kim Talks in Singapore," 12 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of armistice

: an agreement to stop fighting a war


ar·​mi·​stice | \ˈär-mə-stəs \

Kids Definition of armistice

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

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