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Origin of truce
OTHER WORDS FROM trucetruce·less, adjective
Words nearby truce
What does truce mean?
A truce is a stoppage of fighting between two or more people or sides in a conflict, especially a temporary one.
The agreement, or treaty, that establishes such a stoppage can also be called a truce. When used in the context of military conflicts, a truce is often temporary and set for a specified period of time.
Truce can also be used casually to refer to an agreement between two or more people to stop arguing or engaging in some less serious form of conflict, like a pillow fight (not that pillow fights can’t get pretty intense).
Example: I realized the bad blood between me and Taylor was really petty, so we both decided to call a truce.
Where does truce come from?
The first records of truce come from around 1200. It comes from Middle English trewes, the plural of trewe, from the Old English trēow, meaning “belief, pledge, treaty.” The words true and truth are based on the same root.
Truce is often used as a general term to refer to any suspension of conflict, especially between warring armies. So what’s the difference between a truce, a cease-fire, and an armistice? In general, all three terms mean about the same thing. A cease-fire is usually a temporary stoppage to an ongoing battle. An armistice often refers to a stoppage of all hostilities—the agreement to end a war is sometimes called an armistice. Cease-fires and armistices are both examples of truces, but truce is usually used on a smaller scale or in a more informal way. Both cease-fire and armistice sound official, but truce often implies less formality.
Truce is also used outside the context of wars and the military to refer to an informal agreement between two people to call off an argument or feud, especially one that has gone on for a long time. Such a truce is often offered in the form of a question, simply by saying, “Truce?” If the other person agrees, they can also just say, “Truce.”
Remember: just because two armies or countries or people have agreed to a truce doesn’t mean the conflict is over forever—some truces are only temporary.
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What are some other forms related to truce?
- truceless (adjective)
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How is truce used in real life?
Truce is often used in the context of war and other military conflicts. But it is also often used in a much more casual way to refer to an agreement to end a petty argument.
— Sam Dagher (@samdagher) April 29, 2016
The Christmas truce (German: Weihnachtsfrieden; French: Trêve de Noël) was a series of widespread unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front of the First World War around Christmas 1914. pic.twitter.com/FQvkT0X9RD
— Little A- (@LtfiA_) April 16, 2020
Nicky Minaj and Cardi B call a truce after a day of heated online feuding https://t.co/dZF6t3LDBF
— TIME (@TIME) October 30, 2018
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True or False?
A truce is when one side in a conflict decides to stop fighting.
Example sentences 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.
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|Abby Haglage|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The bloodiest day in the last three months of Ukrainian demonstrations comes after a truce seemed imminent.
Do I recognize the right of the persons from whom you come to send me a flag of truce?The White Scalper|Gustave Aimard
Then that ominous silence was broken by Castleman's call: "Bearer of flag of truce!"Ride Proud, Rebel!|Andre Alice Norton
It is possible that the "truce" so earnestly desired by Jefferson was arranged.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
But the primary feeling was that it was the South that had broken the truce.A History of the United States|Cecil Chesterton
Society should make a truce occasionally, or proclaim an amnesty with offenders of our stamp.Robbery Under Arms|Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood