The BBC's Clare Arthurs looks at some of the words and phrases often used in the news and their meanings in various contexts.
This week: ceasefire
Clare Arthurs on: ceasefire
Vocabulary for when the fighting stops
- a ceasefire
an official agreement to stop fighting for a period of time
The UN brokered ceasfire held for three weeks before the fighting began again
- a truce
another term for when there is an agreement to stop fighting
The two sides called a truce on Christmas Day and played a game of football against each other.
- the warring parties
the different sides involved in a conflict
The fact Sri Lanka's warring parties are meeting at all is progress after recent heavy violence ... (From BBC News)
- a peace treaty
a formal document between countries which state the terms and conditions for peace between them
The 1950-53 Korean War ended in a ceasefire but not a peace treaty. (From BBC News)
- an armistice
a formal agreement that brings an end to a war between different countries
Veterans and historians recalled the events leading up to the 1918 Armistice. (From BBC History)
- to surrender
to stop fighting and accept that the other warring party has won the conflict. This can also mean becoming a prisoner of the other side in the conflict.
Mr Khan is the first senior militant to surrender since the Indian government declared a unilateral ceasefire in November. (From BBC News)
A challenge for you
If you had the power to make a ceasefire happen in any conflict, domestic or international, where would you use this power and why?
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