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[troos] /trus/
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
1175-1225; Middle English trewes, plural of trewe, Old English trēow belief, pledge, treaty. See trow
Related forms
truceless, adjective
3. lull, pause, rest, stay. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for truce
  • So there was scope for further strife, even after the two sides signed that truce.
  • Fiat claims to have no interest in renewing that truce.
  • A truce was negotiated that put a former baathist general in complete charge of the town.
British Dictionary definitions for truce


an agreement to stop fighting, esp temporarily
temporary cessation of something unpleasant
Word Origin
C13: from the plural of Old English treowtrow; see true, trust
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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.

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