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Sunday, November 11, 2012

armistice

\AHR-muh-stis\ , noun;
1.
A temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties.
Quotes:
Then one day, without warning, as though she, too, had accepted the armistice and the capitulation, the grandmother departed to visit her son in Mills City.
-- William Faulkner, Elly
Bill had eaten at the restaurant in 1918, and right after the armistice, and Madame Lecomte made a great fuss over seeing him.
-- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
Origin:
Armistice is a Latin compound created by 17th century scholars. The Latin arma-, "arms," combines with sistere, "to be still."
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