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’
    • ‘Such a development would end the 1953 armistice agreement and accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the peninsula.’
    • ‘French armies stormed to victory in Spain and Savoy, and by the end of 1794, tired of continual war, the Austrians signed an armistice.’
    • ‘News of the armistice had reached the troops but the actual order to cease fire was still on the way to the front.’
    • ‘He claims that in most respects the terms of the armistice provided the foundations of those of the peace treaty.’
    • ‘Lenin immediately asked the German High Command for an armistice, and in December both sides met to discuss peace terms at Brest-Litovsk.’
    • ‘November 1918 was an armistice, but the war didn't end officially until the peace treaty in June 1919.’
    • ‘North and South Korea remain in a state of armistice with no peace agreement signed at the end of the war.’
    • ‘The battle for civilisation is not going to end with an armistice or some form of negotiated settlement.’
    • ‘What the Palestinians are demanding now as their rightful inheritance was there for the taking after the armistice agreement in 1948.’
    • ‘He was influential in promoting the armistice agreement for Angola and independence for East Timor from Indonesia.’
    • ‘Hard-liners on both sides have been stepping up calls to abandon the armistice.’
    • ‘The fighting lasted until July 27 1953 when an armistice was signed.’
    • ‘In March 1940, he led the delegation that negotiated with Molotov for an armistice and peace settlement.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the war, which resulted in an armistice and not a peace treaty, was not the end of the problem.’
    • ‘Both sides agreed to an armistice to bury the dead and collect the wounded.’
    • ‘The north responded to the news by threatening to abandon the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.’
    • ‘An armistice was signed at Compiègne in November 1918; fighting at once stopped.’
    • ‘Exactly 85 years ago the armistice was signed ending at the end of the Great War, the bloodiest conflict in history.’
    • ‘Pétain made the most of this emotion to restore order quickly and to secure peace through the armistice.’
    • ‘In September 1943, when the Italians signed an armistice, he escaped and reached safety in Switzerland.’
    truce, ceasefire, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace
    break, respite, lull, moratorium
    treaty, peace treaty
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Early 18th century: from French, or from modern Latin armistitium, from arma arms (see arm) + -stitium stoppage.