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Cease-fire Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cease-fire n : a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms [syn: armistice, truce]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cease-fire'


A ceasefire (or truce) is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side 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. An armistice is a formal agreement to end fighting.

During World War I, on December 24, 1914, there was an unofficial ceasefire as France, the United Kingdom, and Germany observed Christmas. No treaty was signed, and the war resumed after a few days.

On January 15, 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered a ceasefire of the aerial bombings in North Vietnam. The decision came after Dr Henry Kissinger, the National Security Affairs advisor to the president, returned to Washington from Paris France with a draft peace proposal. Combat missions continued in South Vietnam. By January 27, 1973, all warring parties in the Vietnam War signed a ceasefire as a prelude to the Paris Peace Accord.

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  • No Gaza cease-fire: Dramatic shift in Egypt deprived Kerry of vital tool
    Secretary Kerry has come under harsh criticism, particularly in Israel, for his efforts to secure a cease-fire in Gaza. Experts say Egypt's shift vis-à-vis Hamas has made diplomacy much harder. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • Israeli 4-hour cease-fire for parts of Gaza ends as Palestinians claim strike hits market
    An Israeli four-hour cease-fire for parts of Gaza ended Wednesday, during which Gaza militants fired 27 rockets at Israel, and Palestinians claimed a strike hit a crowded market. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'
  • No Gaza cease-fire: Dramatic shift in Egypt deprived Kerry of vital tool (+video)
    Secretary Kerry has come under harsh criticism, particularly in Israel, for his efforts to secure a cease-fire in Gaza. Experts say Egypt's shift vis-à-vis Hamas has made diplomacy much harder. Read more on this news related to 'Cease-fire'

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