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an agreement to stop fighting

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armistice - ceasefire

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An ‘armistice’ is a formal agreement between two opposing forces to suspend hostilities for a particular period of time, often to draw breath or allow peace talks to take place. It is important to note that this is a temporary ceasefire rather than an end in itself, making it unstable and easily changeable. Even still, it has highly positive connotations as it indicates that the opposing sides wish to give peace a chance.

Synonyms moratorium
Antonyms enmity,combustion

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  1. Due to increasing civilian casualties in the civil war, the ruler of the country offered an armistice. It was immediately rejected by the rebel leader.

  2. The conflict was brought to an end with an armistice, not a peace treaty. That means that there is a tense truce that could break out into war again in the near future.

  3. The official investigation revealed that that country had broken the armistice with their neighbour by firing rockets over the border.

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