- a suspension of hostilities for a specified period of time by mutual agreement of the warring parties; cease-fire; armistice.
- an agreement or treaty establishing this.
- a temporary respite, as from trouble or pain.
Origin of truce
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Examples from the Web for truce
“First of all, you are saving lives, and that matters,” said a source who has worked with the De Mistura team on the truce plan.
The Barzeh truce sparked outrage from commentators aligned with the opposition, who viewed it as little more than capitulation.
Overcome by their desire for a truce, accepted a tool of war as a symbol of peace.Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb
July 8, 2014
A “truce” in the war on drugs, experts opined, may be just around the corner.Gov't Abandons Best Survey for Counting U.S. Drug Users
April 8, 2014
The bloodiest day in the last three months of Ukrainian demonstrations comes after a truce seemed imminent.Up to Speed: What’s Going on in Ukraine?
February 19, 2014
The truce of the water was over, but these foes did not meet again that night.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Then a truce for to-day; to-morrow, with your good leave, I enter the lists.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
If so, why was it not a little white flag of truce that gave her a right to say "How do you do?"Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
Michelant considers the truce in question to be that of the year 1340.Dialogues in French and English
It is with these that the pioneers of progress can hold no truce.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
- an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
- temporary cessation of something unpleasant
Word Origin and History for truce
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.