What does the word pact mean?

Usage examples for pact

  1. The nineteen cantons were to enjoy sovereign powers under the shelter of the old federal pact. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. Everybody was aware that there was some diplomatic understanding between the Bishop and the Minister, some secret pact or other whereby both satisfied their passion for authority, their craving to insinuate themselves into everything and reign supreme; and thus when the spectators saw Monferrand smiling in his somewhat sly, jovial way, they also exchanged smiles. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  3. He remembered the old partnership pact and the five hundred dollars he paid for it- five years, a pool and a straight division of the profits. – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson