Definition of truce in US English:



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

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