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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The Versailles Treaty was signed months after the armistice of November 1918, rather than after an utter collapse of the German Imperial Army. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Lessons of the Versailles Treaty," 25 July 2019 What was signed in 1953 was only an armistice, or truce. Jon Herskovitz, Fortune, "Why the Trump-Kim Nuclear Show Is Set for Act Three," 20 June 2019 Panmunjom is also where an armistice was signed to stop the Korean War. Washington Post, "DMZ, where Trump met Kim, is a vestige of Cold War," 30 June 2019 Now, 100 years after the armistice, Ms. Moorcroft Wilson capably restores Capt. David Yezzi, WSJ, "‘Robert Graves’ Review: A Poet of Love and War," 23 Nov. 2018 In 1959, six years after the armistice that halted the war, his father, Fred Trump, enrolled Donald as a cadet in the New York Military Academy. Mark Landler, The Seattle Times, "Trump intrigued with solving threat from North Korea," 11 June 2018 In 1953 the two countries signed an armistice but not a peace treaty. James Griffiths, CNN, "Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military," 10 July 2019 When Germany agreed to an armistice on November 11, 1918, marking an end to World War I, all of Europe and its entangled colonies breathed a sigh of relief. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Europe Reacts to the Treaty of Versailles, in Photos," 27 June 2019 Fighting ceased in 1953, but the warring parties only signed an armistice — a truce — which means the war technically continues to this day. Alex Ward, Vox, "Exclusive: Trump promised Kim Jong Un he’d sign an agreement to end the Korean War," 29 Aug. 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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