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Definition of truce

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forces : armistice, cease-fire
2 : a respite especially from a disagreeable or painful state or action


truced; trucing

Definition of truce (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a truce

transitive verb

: to end with a truce

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of truce in a Sentence

Noun There's been an uneasy truce between her and her parents for the past several months. both sides agreed to a 24-hour truce beginning at midnight on Christmas Eve
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The two leaders held a brief, impromptu meeting at the Korean border truce village of Panmunjom in late June and agreed to restart diplomacy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Korean negotiator says new talks depend on US attitude," 7 Oct. 2019 The statement appears to signal a truce in the public spat between the two. William Thornton |, al, "University of Alabama, Culverhouse agree to disagree," 9 Sep. 2019 But Whitmer's intervention might come in the form of applying either pressure on board members or working out some sort of truce. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State teeters on edge of gridlock while board members continue to fight," 12 Dec. 2019 Unfortunately, this also meant that the big truce that Luther and Michael created is no more. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Questions We Need Answered in "V Wars" Season 2," 10 Dec. 2019 The two heirs to The Ramones' legacy appear to have reached a truce in their bitter dispute over treatment of the band's legacy following an arduous and lengthy arbitration. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Ramones Heirs Reach Truce in Bitter Trademark Dispute," 4 Dec. 2019 The United States and China declared another trade truce. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Can the world's central banks save the bull market?," 18 Aug. 2019 President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping declared a truce of sorts in the trade war at the G20 meeting in June. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Here’s What Analysts Expect From Apple’s Upcoming Earnings," 29 July 2019 The two declared a temporary truce as Trump endorsed Romney for his 2018 senatorial bid. Caroline S. Engelmayer,, "Romney subtly criticizes Trump in first Senate floor speech," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of truce


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for truce


Middle English trewes, plural of trewe agreement, from Old English trēow fidelity; akin to Old English trēowe faithful — more at true entry 1

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The first known use of truce was in the 13th century

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11 Jan 2020

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“Truce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of truce

: an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting, arguing, etc., for a certain period of time


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Kids Definition of truce

: an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting for a certain period of time

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