from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A compact, agreement, or contract.
  • noun Specifically In international law, a contract between nations which is to be performed by a single act, and of which execution is at an end at once.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun rare An agreement; a compact; a bargain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A pact, an agreement.


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  • ..."is no-one's favorite word yet" always comes across as a bit plaintive.

    October 26, 2015

  • The Lord of Misrule make a paction

    With those of the frivolous faction

    To reign for a season

    Defying all reason

    And driving the proud to distraction.

    This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.

    November 16, 2016