\ ˈtrüs \

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 for truce

Synonyms: Noun

armistice, cease-fire

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Examples of truce in a Sentence


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

A few days after Trump’s return from Argentina, the Dow plunged 799 points, and Nasdaq lost nearly 4 percent as enthusiasm for the US-China truce on trade began to vanish. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Tariff Man versus the Dow," 5 Dec. 2018 The two sides reached a temporary truce in November, with President Donald Trump agreeing to hold off raising tariffs on nearly $200 billion in goods. Jen Kirby, Vox, "US charges Chinese government-linked hackers accused of a decade-long global cyber campaign," 20 Dec. 2018 Markets started the week on a high note after President Trump reached a 90-day trade truce with his Chinese counterpart over the weekend, but that optimism turned to caution Tuesday, when the Dow industrials plunged nearly 800 points. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Stocks Stage Recovery After Dow Drops Over 700 Points," 6 Dec. 2018 Escalating tariffs are likely to slow business investment as companies wait to see whether the administration can reach a truce with Beijing. Author: Paul Wiseman, Josh Boakap, Anchorage Daily News, "US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy," 7 July 2018 By his 30s, Claflin had long established a truce with his Mormon parents back home. Gus Garcia-roberts,, "A notorious mansion. An alleged assault by a Hollywood producer. A suicide. What happened to Brian Claflin?," 11 May 2018 The Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953., "June 25, 1950: North Korea declares war," 25 June 2018 Two police officers broke up the fight temporarily, but the truce was short-lived, and two more police officers were called in to end things once and for all. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tourists Brawl Over Selfie Spot at Rome's Trevi Fountain," 10 Aug. 2018 Until last year, all parties had reached something of a truce., "Today: McMaster and Commander in Chief," 16 Mar. 2018

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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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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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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