noun, plural mor·a·to·ri·a [mawr-uh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-, mor-] /ˌmɔr əˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌmɒr-/, mor·a·to·ri·ums.
- morandi, giorgio,
- moravia, alberto
Origin of moratorium
Examples from the Web for moratorium
It was the moment that led Ryan to order a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.
In 2011, Illinois extended the moratorium begun under Governor Ryan into a full ban on capital punishment.
His Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, has promised to issue a moratorium on executions if elected.
Most Pennsylvanians now support a moratorium on capital punishment until its efficacy can be determined.
Alongside Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, he founded the Moratorium Campaign, an anti-death penalty effort.
We therefore resolved to entrench ourselves behind the Moratorium and prepared for a stubborn resistance.
He did not, he felt, understand the working of this moratorium, or the peculiar advantage of prolonging the bank holidays.
Mrs. Fabers in great multitudes hoarding provisions, riotous crowds attacking shops, moratorium, shut banks and waiting queues.
The moratorium had stopped the payment of rents, factories were closed, tenants mobilized.The Living Present|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
There ought to be a sort of moratorium in the matter of social laws.Robin|Frances Hodgson Burnett
noun plural -ria (-rɪə) or -riums
Word Origin for moratorium
1875, originally a legal term for "authorization to a debtor to postpone payment," from neuter of Late Latin moratorius "tending to delay," from Latin morari "to delay," from mora "pause, delay," from PIE *mere- "to hinder, delay." The word didn't come out of italics until 1914. General sense of "a postponement, deliberate temporary suspension" is first recorded 1932. Related: Moratorial.
A period of delay agreed to by parties to a dispute or parties who are negotiating. A moratorium may also be an authorized delay in the repayment of a loan, especially by a nation (as in a moratorium on war debts).