Definition of truce in English:

truce

noun

  • An agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time:

    ‘the guerrillas called a three-day truce’
    • ‘There would be no truces or peace treaties, no draws.’
    • ‘There were negotiations and truces and still more fighting.’
    • ‘The narrative sources in particular are full of accounts of embassies and special meetings to arrange truces or conclude peace between warring bands.’
    • ‘But then the truce is broken and one of the villagers may have to venture out of the community and into the outside world.’
    • ‘Before she married on her 21st birthday, she negotiated over a hundred treaties, truces and allegiances.’
    • ‘However, the nature of war is changing, and the types of wars that are now being fought could be influenced by international pressure to declare regular truces.’
    • ‘Peacekeeping operations are designed to monitor and facilitate implementation of existing truces or cease-fires and support diplomatic efforts to reach long-term political settlements.’
    • ‘Conflict was punctuated by several truces and by full peace between 1360 and 1369.’
    • ‘Even when some of his friends recognised the peace as only a truce he remained cheerfully confident that it would be lasting.’
    • ‘This treaty was a temporary truce in the Anglo-French conflict in India and North America.’
    • ‘Both sides accuse each other of violating the truce agreement signed last year.’
    • ‘Unilateral truces never work and we have ample history to prove that.’
    • ‘He may be hardening to win over militants who have balked at formalising a de facto truce.’
    • ‘While this war has not ended, until quite recently a reasonable truce prevailed.’
    • ‘They are relatively united behind the current policy - but essentially it's a fragile truce.’
    • ‘No Greek state was allowed to fight during the truces proclaimed for the celebration of the Olympic and other Panhellenic Games.’
    • ‘The government ordered its troops to crush the rebels after they walked out of a peace process and broke a truce last month.’
    • ‘There have been truces, temporary remissions, and zones of peace - but so long as anarchy prevails, there can be no end to the possibility of war.’
    • ‘Gangs make alliances, keep delicate truces or live as sworn enemies with each other.’
    • ‘Civil war continued, punctuated by innumerable truces and lulls.’
    ceasefire, armistice, suspension of hostilities, cessation of hostilities, peace
    break, respite, lull, moratorium
    treaty, peace treaty
    let-up
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Origin

Middle English trewes, trues (plural), from Old English trēowa, plural of trēow ‘belief, trust’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch trouw and German Treue, also to true.

Pronunciation:

truce

/truːs/