An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce.
- Both sides agreed to an armistice to bury the dead and collect the wounded.
- In March 1940, he led the delegation that negotiated with Molotov for an armistice and peace settlement.
- An armistice was signed at Compiègne in November 1918; fighting at once stopped.
truce, ceasefire, peace, suspension of hostilities
Early 18th century: from French, or from modern Latin armistitium, from arma 'arms' (see arm2) + -stitium 'stoppage'.
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