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cease-fire

[sees-fahyuh r] /ˈsisˈfaɪər/
noun
1.
a cessation of hostilities; truce.
2.
Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire
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  • If warfare is a violent contest of political will, then cease-fire agreements are its scoreboards.
Word Origin and History for cease-fire
n.

also ceasefire, "a cessation of shooting," 1916, from verbal phrase cease fire, 1847 as a military command (formerly also signaled by bugles), from cease (v.) + fire (n.) in the gunnery sense. Generally two words until after mid-20c.

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Encyclopedia Article for 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.

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