a continuation of fighting
   A usage when the opponents are operating under different rules, and especially if politicians wish to give the impression that hostilities are coming to an end:
    Lord Carrington will negotiate no more ceasefires in Bosnia until the warlords there have reached stalemate or exhaustion, he announced yesterday. (Daily Telegraph, 24 July 1992)

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  • ceasefire — ► NOUN ▪ a temporary suspension of fighting …   English terms dictionary

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  • Ceasefire — Truce redirects here. For other uses, see Truce (disambiguation). For other uses, see Ceasefire (disambiguation). A truce not a compromise, but a chance for high toned gentlemen to retire gracefully from their very civil declarations of war. By… …   Wikipedia

  • ceasefire — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ complete ▪ immediate ▪ unilateral ▪ unconditional ▪ temporary VERB + CEASEFIRE …   Collocations dictionary

  • Ceasefire (M*A*S*H) — Infobox Television episode Title = Ceasefire Series = M*A*S*H Caption = Season = 1 Episode = 23 Airdate = March 18, 1973 Production = J323 Writer = Larry Gelbart Robert Klane Director = Earl Bellamy Guests = Episode list = List of M*A*S*H… …   Wikipedia

  • ceasefire */ — UK [ˈsiːsˌfaɪə(r)] / US [ˈsɪsˌfaɪr] noun [countable] Word forms ceasefire : singular ceasefire plural ceasefires an agreement to stop fighting for a period of time, especially in order to discuss permanent peace He believed the ceasefire would… …   English dictionary

  • ceasefire — cease|fire [ˈsi:sfaıə US faır] n an agreement to stop fighting for a period of time, especially so that a more permanent agreement can be made ▪ a ceasefire agreement ▪ They have called a temporary ceasefire in the region. →↑armistice, ↑truce …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ceasefire — [[t]si͟ːsfaɪə(r)[/t]] ♦♦♦ ceasefires also cease fire N COUNT A ceasefire is an arrangement in which countries or groups of people that are fighting each other agree to stop fighting. They have agreed to a ceasefire after three years of conflict …   English dictionary

  • ceasefire — noun In warfare, an agreed end to hostilities for a specific purpose. (Typically only temporary). The rebels agreed to a ceasefire while the peace talks were underway. Syn: armistice, truce …   Wiktionary

  • ceasefire — cease|fire [ sis,faır ] noun count * an agreement to stop fighting for a period of time, especially in order to discuss permanent peace: He believed the ceasefire would hold …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English