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pact

[pakt] /pækt/
noun
1.
an agreement, covenant, or compact:
We made a pact not to argue any more.
2.
an agreement or treaty between two or more nations:
a pact between Germany and Italy.
Origin of pact
late Middle English
1400-1450
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.
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  • 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 Charles Lever
  • They failed, they broke the pact, and judgment followed them of course.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for pact

pact

/pækt/
noun
1.
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
n.

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").

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Slang definitions & phrases for pact

pact

noun

An employment contract: a settlement of his Metro pact

verb

: MG Pacts Gable (1930s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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