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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

His ascension to the presidency opened up new, unthinkable possibilities in international relations, like a thawing of relations with Kim and a truce with the Taliban. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "The Tragedy of Trump Diplomacy," 9 Sep. 2019 Leaf says Antonio Brown may need help; snag with WR could affect Raiders QB Derek Carr Just three days before the season opener, the Oakland Raiders and their best receiver are headed either to divorce or a messy truce. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Raiders trade gone bad is familiar good luck for Philip Rivers," 6 Sep. 2019 Saavedra’s arrival in 2014, coming as a consensus choice of warring board factions who needed a truce, had brought an end to three years of dizzyingly high superintendent turnover. Krista Torralva,, "Departing South San ISD super to get $187K in separation agreement," 4 Sep. 2019 Yet the final confrontation between Dreyfus and Picquart has nothing to do with a happy, self-congratulatory ending, but is more a truce between moral survivors. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'An Officer and a Spy': Film Review | Venice 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Stock market futures plunged Wednesday morning following the yield curve inversion, setting Wall Street up for a sour session just one day after a truce in the trade skirmish led to a massive market rally. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "What is the yield curve -- and why it matters," 14 Aug. 2019 Investors are on edge because the German economy shrank in the second quarter, and the US-China trade war still looms large over markets, despite the latest truce. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Dow falls more than 600 points after disturbing warning," 14 Aug. 2019 The truce between Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds was never meant to last — and Jackman is throwing the first stone. Ale Russian,, "Hugh Jackman Reignites Funny Wolverine Feud with Ryan Reynolds After Minor Stage Injury," 12 Aug. 2019 So the de facto truce between Sanders and Warren lasted another night as other, lower-polling candidates tried to attack them both. CBS News, "Top takeaways from the second Democratic primary debate - the first night," 31 July 2019

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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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