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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 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 But each of the GOP's wings remains concerned that the other is leading them down the wrong path, and to some, the day's outcome seemed more an uneasy truce than a full-on peace treaty. Alan Fram, Chron, "House GOP keeps Cheney as No. 3 leader, stands by Greene," 4 Feb. 2021 Ultimately Newman blends the two to suggest how the film's Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and Travers (Emma Thompson) achieve an uneasy truce. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "7 of the all-time best movie scores, from the inspiring to the kinky," 26 Nov. 2020 That earlier truce followed 11 hours of negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, but Armenia and Azerbaijan then almost immediately accused each other of violating the deal. Washington Post, "U.S. announces new cease-fire between Armenia, Azerbaijan over disputed enclave," 25 Oct. 2020 The proposal is modeled after the truce that Kansas and Missouri officials signed in 2019, ending a long-running economic border war that had cost hundreds of millions of dollars while creating few jobs. Globe Staff,, "Unlikely duo back bill to curb ‘corporate welfare’," 10 Feb. 2021 When ​guns fell silent in a truce in 1953, Haean was in South Korea’s hands. New York Times, "The Korean War Emptied the Town. Those Who Rebuilt It May Now Be Rewarded," 12 Jan. 2021 Despite all the uncertainty about what caused the down-ballot defection, the left and moderate wings of the Democratic Party quickly abandoned their preelection truce to go at each other with a vengeance. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What Now?," 19 Nov. 2020 Despite their truce, Sanders and Biden continued to disagree. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'A real contrast': How Joe Biden won Democrats and the White House with a message of healing," 7 Nov. 2020 Mutual blame over the pandemic has agitated the relationship between the world's foremost economic superpowers, which could jeopardize their fragile trade truce. Laura He, CNN, "China's economy is still struggling to recover from the pandemic," 8 June 2020

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Truce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ ˈtrüs How to pronounce truce (audio) \

Kids Definition of truce

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

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