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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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 Moon’s own path to the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential residence, in many ways echoes his country’s phenomenal growth over the past six-and-a-half decades since the Korean War was halted with an armistice in 1953. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "South Korea's Moon Jae-in is more popular than ever," 10 May 2018 The Korean War was halted after an armistice in 1953 but was never formally ended. Matt Stiles,, "North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile testing," 21 Apr. 2018 In 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris., "This day in history," 22 June 2018 With the armistice, each side agreed to let the other recover its dead, but brewing mistrust kept recovery teams from crossing the Demilitarized Zone. New York Times, "Trump-Kim Deal Promises Answers for Families of Korean War M.I.A.s," 15 June 2018 Now, university faculty and students are documenting the lives of people who died during War War I, just in time for the centennial of deadliest year of the war for Americans and the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting. Annie Martin,, "UCF students, faculty travel to France to document WWI history," 29 June 2018 In 1954, a year after the armistice was signed, North Korea returned the remains of more than 3,000 U.S. prisoners of war. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "U.S. Is Beholden to North Korea for Return of War Remains," 21 June 2018 Hostilities finally ceased on July 27, 1953, when an armistice was signed by Chinese, North Korean and UN forces, establishing the DMZ which separates the two Koreas to this day. James Griffiths, CNN, "Could Trump and Kim agree to a peace treaty ending the Korean War?," 9 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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