cease-fire

[sees-fahyuhr]
noun
1.
a cessation of hostilities; truce.
2.
Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.

Origin:
1840–50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To cease-fire
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

cease-fire

a total cessation of armed hostilities, regulated by the same general principles as those governing armistice. In contemporary diplomatic usage the term implies that the belligerents are too far apart in their negotiating positions to permit the conclusion of a formal armistice agreement. See also armistice.

Learn more about cease-fire with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
If warfare is a violent contest of political will, then cease-fire agreements are its scoreboards.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature