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a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement of the warring parties; truce:
World War I ended with the armistice of 1918.
Historical Examples

We can only during the night, when there are armistices, go forth with the lantern on the field of death to bury the dead.
The Prose Writings of Heinrich Heine Heinrich Heine

That hostilities must cease is the obvious content of all kinds of armistices.
International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim

After the fall of Calais a succession of armistices or truces suspended hostilities for about six years.
Cabinet Portrait Gallery of British Worthies Anonymous

No legal rule exists regarding the form of armistices, which may therefore be concluded either orally or in writing.
International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim

If and so far as this has not been done, the import of armistices is for some parts much controverted.
International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim

The principle vigilantibus jura sunt scripta applies to armistices as well as to all other legal transactions.
International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2) Lassa Francis Oppenheim

an agreement between opposing armies to suspend hostilities in order to discuss peace terms; truce

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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