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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

Synonyms for truce

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 After more than seven years of civil war, there’s now a truce, but infrastructure like water tanks, roads and bridges are significantly damaged, and famine is spreading. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 7 June 2022 President Joe Biden welcomed the truce renewal and stressed that ending the war in Yemen has been a priority of his administration. Noha Elhennawy, ajc, 2 June 2022 After a messy incident at a state dinner, the Alex and Henry decide to call a truce — one that leads to a high-stakes and heady romantic entanglement. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 1 June 2022 But their long truce came to a shattering end last week, when a state court imposed a significant revision on New York’s congressional map. New York Times, 30 May 2022 For now, the truce between the FCC and telecom companies, on one side, and the FAA and aviation companies, on the other, is holding. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 26 May 2022 Post-Reformation Europe had forced Catholicism and Protestantism into an uncertain truce, with Enlightenment ideas of tolerance banishing spiritual beliefs to the private sphere while public life focussed on politics. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 His appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce in Ukraine went unheeded. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 4 May 2022 His appeal for a four-day truce during the Orthodox Holy Week was rejected by Moscow, which characterized it as a ruse to allow Ukraine’s military to rest and regroup. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 Jun 2022

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“Truce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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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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