AskDefine | Define ceasefire

Dictionary Definition

cease-fire n : a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms [syn: armistice, truce]

User Contributed Dictionary



From cease + fire.


  1. In warfare, an agreed end to hostilities for a specific purpose. (Might only be temporary).
    The rebels agreed to a ceasefire while the peace talks were underway.



in warfare, an agreed end to hostilities for a specific purpose

Extensive Definition

A ceasefire (or truce) is a temporary stoppage of a war or any armed conflict, where each side of the conflict agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but they have also been called as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces.

Historical examples

World War I

On December 24, 1914, during World War I, there was an unofficial ceasefire as both the French, British and Germans sought to observe Christmas (the "Christmas Truce"). There was no treaty signed, and after a few days the war resumed.

Korean War

A ceasefire was reached on July 27, 1953 to halt the conflict of the Korean War and establish a demilitarized zone. However, no peace treaty has been signed to date, technically leaving North and South Korea at war.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A more recent example of a ceasefire was announced between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on February 8, 2005. When announced, the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat publicly defined the ceasefire as follows: "We have agreed that today President Abbas will declare a full cessation of violence against Israelis anywhere and Prime Minister Sharon will declare a full cessation of violence and military activities against Palestinians anywhere."
ceasefire in Bosnian: Primirje
ceasefire in Catalan: Alto el foc
ceasefire in Czech: Příměří
ceasefire in German: Waffenruhe
ceasefire in Spanish: Alto el fuego
ceasefire in Esperanto: Batalhalto
ceasefire in French: Cessez-le-feu
ceasefire in Korean: 정전 (군사)
ceasefire in Indonesian: Gencatan senjata
ceasefire in Italian: Cessate il fuoco
ceasefire in Hebrew: הפסקת אש
ceasefire in Kurdish: Agirbes
ceasefire in Hungarian: Fegyverszünet
ceasefire in Japanese: 停戦
ceasefire in Portuguese: Cessar-fogo
ceasefire in Russian: Прекращение огня
ceasefire in Scots: Ceasefire
ceasefire in Simple English: Ceasefire
ceasefire in Slovenian: Premirje
ceasefire in Serbian: Примирје
ceasefire in Finnish: Aselepo
ceasefire in Swedish: Eldupphör
ceasefire in Yiddish: וואפן שטילשטאנד
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