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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 Some political allies of Mr. Kemp are trying to broker a truce. New York Times, "How Brian Kemp Is Rebounding Against Trump’s Wrath," 8 Apr. 2021 But unless the entire system gets reinvented with schools calling a truce on the arms race, spending habits in those areas probably won't change much. Star Tribune, "Sea change benefiting athletes is brewing in college sports," 3 Apr. 2021 If conservatives are serious about protecting a broad range of public expression, and liberals sincerely want new norms to take root, there are grounds for a truce. Arkansas Online, "Cancel culture truce?," 17 Apr. 2021 With the growing sense that the stakes are too high for such a truce, that may be changing. New York Times, "On Loving Drew Brees, and Deciding Not to Cancel Him," 16 Mar. 2021 But Nagorno-Karabakh, and its potential shaky truce, presents particular perils. Washington Post, "In Nagorno-Karabakh peace deal, Russia’s Putin claims a strategic win. But risks are attached.," 20 Nov. 2020 Even the construction unions, which help build Amazon facilities and have an uneasy truce with the company, are starting to find common cause with warehouse workers over workplace safety., "‘Taking on a behemoth like Amazon is going to take an army.’ Labor unions, inspired by Alabama drive, are joining the fight nationwide.," 22 Mar. 2021 In 2016, Microsoft and Google brokered a truce and withdrew their regulatory complaints against each other globally. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, "Google Says Microsoft’s Stance on News Is Effort to Distract From Hack," 12 Mar. 2021 Republicans asserted free speech rights, and the party members drew a truce. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Both parties plan to make COVID relief a key election issue. Republicans think history gives them the upper hand," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Truce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 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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