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