The IATE term of the week: cease-fire

Every week TermCoord selects a new term from the European Terminology Databank “IATE”, which is related to relevant political and international issues occurring during the week.

This week we have selected the term “cease-fire” with the reference to the current situation in the Syrian Arab Republic. (Read article from BBC News)

Definition: temporary stoppage of war, which may also be undertaken as part of a larger negotiated settlement.

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1 Response to The IATE term of the week: cease-fire

  1. Whereas the OED’s first spelling of this word is “cease fire” (in two words, no hyphen), most modern dictionaries – including the online Oxford Dictionary – seem to give “ceasefire” as the normal spelling. The spelling in one word is also the commonest one on Google.
    A further comment is that the synonym “truce” had better be added to the record as it has an even higher number of hits on the web than “ceasefire”. However, Google’s n-gram viewer shows that over the years, the use of “truce” has been declining and that “ceasefire” has been gaining ground since the 1960s.

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