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[pakt] /pækt/
an agreement, covenant, or compact:
We made a pact not to argue any more.
an agreement or treaty between two or more nations:
a pact between Germany and Italy.
Origin of pact
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English pact(e) < Middle French < Latin pactum, noun use of neuter of past participle of pacīscī to make a bargain, contract
Can be confused
packed, pact. Unabridged
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  • Never since the fend had ended in a pact of peace, had two factional leaders come so near a rupture.

    When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry Charles Neville Buck
  • The only conceivable explanation was that he had made a pact with the devil.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Compromise is virtual death: it is the pact between cowardice and comfort under the title of expediency.

  • He makes a pact with the young Cæsar, by marrying Cæsar's sister Octavia.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • In real sorcery there is no such thing as a pact with a devil, and becoming his slave after a time.

    Legends of Florence Charles Godfrey Leland
British Dictionary definitions for pact


an agreement or compact between two or more parties, nations, etc, for mutual advantage
Word Origin
C15: from Old French pacte, from Latin pactum, from pacīscī to agree
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Word Origin and History for pact

early 15c., from Old French pacte "agreement, treaty, compact" (14c.), from Latin pactum "agreement, contract, covenant," noun use of neuter past participle of pacisci "to covenant, to agree, make a treaty," from PIE root *pag- "fix, join together, unite, make firm" (cf. Sanskrit pasa- "cord, rope," Avestan pas- "to fetter," Greek pegnynai "to fix, make firm, fast or solid," Latin pangere "to fix, to fasten," Slavonic paž "wooden partition," Old English fegan "to join," fon "to catch seize").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pact



An employment contract: a settlement of his Metro pact


: MG Pacts Gable (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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