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[ahr-muh-stis] /ˈɑr mə stɪs/
a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce:
World War I ended with the armistice of 1918.
Origin of armistice
1655-65; < French < Medieval Latin armistitium, equivalent to Latin armi- (combining form of arma arm2) + -stitium a stopping (stit- (variant stem of sistere to stop; see stand) + -ium -ium)
Related forms
postarmistice, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for armistice
  • To be technical, they don't even have an official peace treaty, they only have an armistice.
  • With this modern conflict there will probably be no signed peace treaties, or armistice.
  • The armistice would not end until one party or the other gave notice of its termination.
  • But each new fiscal armistice seems to sow the seeds of further conflict, by stirring revanchism within the ranks.
  • It was here, a month later, that the chaplain gave him the news of the armistice.
  • Stalemated wars often conclude with belligerents retaining what they possessed at the moment an armistice is reached.
  • Reports of a six months' armistice are rife here, and the thought is deplored by all.
  • After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed.
  • Although this armistice ended the active conflict, the war could not be considered over until a treaty was signed.
British Dictionary definitions for armistice


an agreement between opposing armies to suspend hostilities in order to discuss peace terms; truce
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin armistitium, from Latin arma arms + sistere to stop, stand still
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Word Origin and History for armistice

1707, from French armistice (1680s), coined on the model of Latin solstitium (see solstice), etc., from Latin arma "arms" (see arm (n.2)) + -stitium (used only in compounds), from sistere "cause to stand" (see assist).

The word is attested in English from 1660s in the Latin form armistitium. German Waffenstillstand is a loan-translation from French. Armistice Day (1919) marked the end of the Great War of 1914-18 on Nov. 11, 1918. In Britain, after World War II, it merged with Remembrance Day. In U.S., Armistice Day became a national holiday in 1926. In 1954, to honor World War II and Korean War veterans as well, it was re-dubbed Veterans Day.

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