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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

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

According to Bloomberg News, Sempra officials met with representatives of Elliott Management and Bluescape on Monday in Washington D.C., in the hopes of brokering a truce. Rob Nikolewski,, "Moody's puts Sempra on review for a downgrade," 26 June 2018 This is what's called making a truce with illegality. Fox News, "'Angel moms' weigh in on the immigration debate," 24 Aug. 2018 The war, which ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty, saw open hostilities cease with the creation of the DMZ, which is approximately 155 miles long and 2.5 miles wide. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Hike Alongside the Korean DMZ," 1 May 2019 And experts are skeptical that this trade truce represents a legitimate headway. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US and China reach a compromise — but the trade standoff is far from over," 2 Dec. 2018 The Chinese currency, which is also known as the renminbi, rallied earlier this month on a temporary truce on trade between the U.S. and Chinese governments, dropping from as high as 6.98 in November. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Mountain of U.S. Government Bonds Shrinks for Fifth Straight Month," 17 Dec. 2018 Talks among Russia, Jordan and the rebels aimed at coaxing the rebels to surrender resulted in two temporary truces on Friday, according to the Syrian Observatory. New York Times, "Syrian Assault Flouts U.S.-Backed Cease-Fire and Sets Off New Exodus," 29 June 2018 The war was concluded with a truce, not a peace treaty, but a treaty will also have to include China, which was party to the armistice. Robert Birsel, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, Kim launch historic Singapore summit with a handshake," 12 June 2018 What was signed in 1953 was only an armistice, or truce, and only among three of the four parties, as South Korea held out. David Tweed,, "What an End to the 68-Year Korean War Would Mean," 27 Apr. 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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