- 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
Examples from the Web for pact
The pact covered two months, September and October, but “may be extended by the parties,” the filing states.Exclusive: Did This Manhattan Firm Help Shield a Russian Fund From Sanctions?
November 10, 2014
At the same time, the Warsaw Pact threat was disintegrating.How the Pentagon Strangles Its Most Advanced Stealth Warplanes
October 13, 2014
On the left, they are hemmed in by the pact of solidarity among self-identified oppressed groups.Rand Paul’s Comments on GOP Voter-ID Laws Mark a Turning Point
May 13, 2014
He fears a rural domestic backlash and continued foreign meddling as a result of the pact.Taliban Slams Loya Jirga Bilateral Security Agreement
Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai
November 26, 2013
She explained that she had “made a pact with God” that if he cured her child of autism, she would share that path with the world.The Best and Worst of Jenny McCarthy (Video)
Sara Bower, Natasha Bach
July 15, 2013
My pact with myself was to be revenged on him, come what might afterwards.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
Donogan now knows whether it will become him to sign this pact with the enemy.Lord Kilgobbin
They failed, they broke the pact, and judgment followed them of course.Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews
Handley C.G. Moule
The only conceivable explanation was that he had made a pact with the devil.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
But respecting the Pact of Rome they were rather at issue with the Italians.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
- an agreement or compact between two or more parties, nations, etc, for mutual advantage
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").