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: a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forces : armistice, ceasefire
: a respite especially from a disagreeable or painful state or action


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truced; trucing

intransitive verb

: to make a truce

transitive verb

: to end with a truce

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
While 105 people were released during a temporary truce last year, another 130 that were kidnapped are either dead or still being held by Hamas and other militant groups. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 However, the draft also linked a cease-fire to the release of hostages held in Gaza -- a position supported by Israel and a term that similar resolutions calling for a truce put forth by other nations have failed to include. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2024 The Biden administration had hoped for a truce before the beginning of Ramadan early last week. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Some 58 percent expressed support for a truce with Ukraine, but only 29 percent expected Mr. Putin to agree to one. Paul Sonne, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 Blunt offered, referencing their characters and extending what looked only for a moment like an offer of a truce. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2024 Biden also called for an immediate, temporary cease-fire in Israel's war with Hamas and pointed to hostages' families in attendance at the speech, but hopes for a new truce deal by the Muslim holy month of Ramadan have faded after no breakthrough in the talks in Egypt. NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 During a six-week truce, Egyptian officials say Israel would be required to facilitate the entry of much greater amounts of aid into the Gaza Strip, where the World Food Program has warned that people are facing the risk of famine if food distribution isn't dramatically ramped up. Aya Batrawy, NPR, 23 Feb. 2024 International mediators had hoped to secure a six-week truce before Ramadan started last week, but Hamas refused any deal that wouldn’t lead to a permanent cease-fire in Gaza, a demand Israel rejected. USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History



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

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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“Truce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a temporary stopping of fighting (as in a war)
: a short rest especially from something unpleasant

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