Definition of ceasefire in English:

ceasefire

noun

  • 1A temporary suspension of fighting; a truce.

    ‘the latest ceasefire seems to be holding’
    as modifier ‘a ceasefire agreement’
    • ‘As the months go by, the international community continues to negotiate agreements and ceasefires, while aid workers on the ground struggle to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.’
    • ‘The logic of their demands to strengthen the military and renegotiate the ceasefire is to plunge the island back to war.’
    • ‘A death toll that tops nearly one dozen in the first day of a military ceasefire offers little grounds for hope.’
    • ‘Should we start taking bets on when these militant terrorist groups will break the ceasefire?’
    • ‘They typically served to monitor ceasefires and supervise truces; occasionally, peacekeeping missions were deployed to keep belligerents apart as in Cyprus in 1964.’
    • ‘One thing is certain however, the ceasefire and the peace process are gone for the moment.’
    • ‘What is not needed is the short-term fix of a temporary ceasefire - something much more drastic and enduring is required.’
    • ‘Well I think you have to look at the difference between this agreement and other ceasefires that have failed.’
    • ‘New Delhi is in the midst of formulating a reply because the ceasefire ends on July 31.’
    • ‘On 5 October there was a ceasefire, confirmed by the Dayton Peace Agreement signed on 21 November.’
    • ‘Second, start demanding a ceasefire so that the humanitarian crises can be attended to.’
    • ‘During that time, the government wants to examine the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.’
    • ‘If the ceasefire is broken then we will not be able to go there, look after our crops and harvest.’
    • ‘Each day without violence raised the political cost of breaking the ceasefire.’
    • ‘Significantly, the ceasefire has met opposition from many nationalist politicians.’
    • ‘Amid great excitement, the government and rebels reached a ceasefire agreement at the beginning of last year.’
    • ‘The Good Friday 1998 power sharing agreement led to a ceasefire by most of the paramilitary organisations.’
    • ‘The fighting shows no signs of diminishing, despite partial and temporary ceasefires.’
    • ‘War with people who break their ceasefire agreements is the default position.’
    • ‘A tentative ceasefire broke down last Tuesday leading to fresh fighting in the suburb.’
    armistice, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace
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    1. 1.1 An order or signal to stop fighting.
      law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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Pronunciation

ceasefire

/ˈsiːsfʌɪə/