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armistice Line breaks: ar¦mis|tice
Pronunciation: /ˈɑːmɪstɪs/

Definition of armistice in English:


An agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce: the Italian government signed an armistice with the Allies
More example sentences
  • 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, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace;
break, respite, lull, moratorium;
treaty, peace treaty
informal let-up


Early 18th century: from French, or from modern Latin armistitium, from arma 'arms' (see arm2) + -stitium 'stoppage'.

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