armistice


armistice
armistice (n.) 1707, from Fr. armistice (1680s), coined on the model of L. solstitium (see SOLSTICE (Cf. solstice)), etc., from L. arma "arms" (see ARM (Cf. arm) (n.2)) + -stitium (used only in compounds), from sistere "cause to stand" (see ASSIST (Cf. 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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  • armistice — index cessation (interlude), halt, interruption, lull, pause, peace, treaty Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

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  • armistice — ARMISTICE. subs. m. Suspension d armes. Un long armistice. Convenir d un armistice. Rompre l armistice. Armistice de quelques jours. L armistice ne fut pas de durée, ne tarda pas à cesser, à expirer …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Armistice — Ar mis*tice, n. [F. armistice, fr. (an assumed word) L. armistitium; arma arms + stare, statum (combining form, stitum), to stand still.] A cessation of arms for a short time, by convention; a temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement; a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • armistice — *truce, cease fire, peace …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • armistice — [n] peace establishing agreement ceasefire, suspension, treaty, truce; concepts 230,684 Ant. dispute, fight, war …   New thesaurus

  • armistice — ► NOUN ▪ a truce. ORIGIN French, from Latin arma armour, arms + stitium stoppage …   English terms dictionary

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