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truce

[troos]
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noun
  1. a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.
  2. an agreement or treaty establishing this.
  3. a temporary respite, as from trouble or pain.

Origin of truce

1175–1225; Middle English trewes, plural of trewe, Old English trēow belief, pledge, treaty. See trow
Related formstruce·less, adjective

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3. lull, pause, rest, stay.
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truce

noun
  1. an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
  2. temporary cessation of something unpleasant

Word Origin

C13: from the plural of Old English treow trow; see true, trust
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Word Origin and History for truce

n.

early 13c., triws, variant of trewes, originally plural of trewe "faith, assurance of faith, covenant, treaty," from Old English treow "faith, treaty," from Proto-Germanic *trewwo (cf. Old Frisian triuwe, Middle Dutch trouwe, Dutch trouw, Old High German triuwa, German treue, Gothic triggwa "faith, faithfulness"). Related to Old English treowe "faithful" (see true).

The Germanic word was borrowed into Late Latin as tregua, hence French trève, Italian tregua. Trucial States, the pre-1971 name of the United Arab Emirates, is attested from 1891, in reference to the 1835 maritime truce between Britain and the Arab sheiks of Oman.

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