What does truce mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. armistice, cease-fire, trucenoun

    a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms


  1. trucenoun

    a period of time in which no fighting takes place due to an agreement between the opposed parties

  2. trucenoun

    an agreement between opposed parties in which they pledge to cease fighting for a limited time

  3. Etymology: From trewes, triwes, trues, plural of trewe, triewe, true ‘faithfulness, assurance, pact’, from treowa, singularized plural of treowe, from trewwō (compare Dutch trouw, German Treue, Danish tro), noun form of ‘trusty, faithful’. More at true.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trucenoun

    Etymology: truga, low Lat. tregua, Italian; truie, old Fr.

    Leagues and truces made between superstitious persons, and such as serve God aright. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    They pray in vain to have sin pardoned, which seek not also to prevent sin by prayer, even every particularsin, by prayer against all sin, except men can name some transgression wherewith we ought to have truce. Richard Hooker.

    All this utter’d
    With gentle breath, calm look, knees humbly bent,
    Could not make truce with the unruly spleen
    Of Tybalt, deaf to peace. William Shakespeare.

    This token serveth for a flag of truce
    Betwixt ourselves, and all our followers. William Shakespeare.

    Men shall be lovers of their own selves, without natural affection, truce breakers. 2 Tim. iii. 3.

    Least the truce with treason should be mixt,
    ’Tis my concern to have the tree betwixt. Dryden.

    Shadwel till death true dulness would maintain;
    And in his father’s right, and realm’s defence,
    Ne’er wou’d have peace with wit, nor truce with sense. Dryd.

    There he may find
    Truce to his restless thoughts, and entertain
    The irksome hours. John Milton.


  1. truce

    A ceasefire (also known as a truce or armistice), also spelled cease fire (the antonym of 'open fire'), is a temporary stoppage of a war in which each side agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Ceasefires may be between state actors or involve non-state actors. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but also as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces. They may occur via mediation or otherwise as part of a peace process or be imposed by United Nations Security Council resolutions via Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.The immediate goal of a ceasefire is to stop violence, but the underlying purposes of ceasefires vary. Ceasefires may be intended to meet short-term limited needs (such as providing humanitarian aid), manage a conflict to make it less devastating, or advance efforts to peacefully resolve a dispute. An actor may not always intend for a ceasefire to advance the peaceful resolution of a conflict, but instead give the actor an upper hand in the conflict (for example, by re-arming and reposition forces or attacking an unsuspecting adversary), which creates bargaining problems that may make ceasefires less likely to be implemented and less likely to be durable if implemented.The durability of ceasefire agreements is affected by several factors, such as demilitarized zones, withdrawal of troops and third-party guarantees and monitoring (e.g. peacekeeping). Ceasefire agreements are more likely to be durable when they reduce incentives to attack, reduce uncertainty about the adversary's intentions, and when mechanisms are put in place to prevent and control accidents from developing into conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trucenoun

    a suspension of arms by agreement of the commanders of opposing forces; a temporary cessation of hostilities, for negotiation or other purpose; an armistice

  2. Trucenoun

    hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet


  1. Truce

    Truce is a 1982 studio album by Jack Bruce and Robin Trower.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Truce

    trōōs, n. a suspension of hostilities between two armies or states for a period specially agreed upon: cessation.—n. Truce′-break′er, one who violates a truce or engagement.—adj. Truce′less, without truce: relentless.—Truce of God, in the 11th and 12th centuries, a cessation of private feuds observed in France, Italy, England, &c. from Wednesday evening to Monday morning in each week during Advent and Lent, and on certain of the principal saints' days and holy days of the Church.—Flag of truce (see Flag). [M. E. trewes, treowes, pl. of trewe, a truce; cf. True.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. truce

    The exhibition of a flag of truce has been religiously respected amongst civilized nations. It is a request by signal to desist from farther warfare, until the object of the truce requested has been acceded to or rejected.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. truce

    An agreement between belligerent parties, by which they mutually engage to forbear all acts of hostility against each other for some time, the war still continuing. Truces are of several kinds: general, extending to all the territories and dominions of both parties; and particularly, restrained to particular places; as, for example, by sea, and not by land. They are also absolute, indeterminate, and general; or limited and determined to certain things, for example, to bury the dead. During a truce, it is dishonorable to occupy more advanced ground, or to resort to any act which would confer advantage. A truce requires ordinarily to be confirmed by the commander-in-chief to become binding. It is lawful to break it before the prescribed period, on notice previously agreed on being given to the opposite party. This is called denouncing a truce.

Editors Contribution

  1. TRUCE

    a suspension of fighting especially of considerable duration by agreement of opposing forcesceasefire ,break,stay,rest,peace,treaty,interval,moratorium,respite,lull,cessation ,let-up (informal),armistice ,intermission ,cessation of hostilities;a respite especially from a disagreeable or painful state or action;a period of time in which no fighting takes place due to an agreement between the opposed parties;an agreement between two people or groups involved in a war, fight, or disagreement to stop it for a period of time;a short interruption in a war or argument, or an agreement to stop fighting or arguing for a period of time;a temporary agreement to stop fighting or arguing, or a brief interruption in a disagreement;A truce is an agreement between two people or groups of people to stop fighting or quarrelling for a short time.

    A truce was called in a dispute between unions and Amazon in France, allowing the online retailer to reopen warehouses in the country that had been shut since mid-April.

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  1. cruet

  2. cuter

  3. eruct

  4. recut

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of truce in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of truce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of truce in a Sentence

  1. Haim Tomer:

    It is not the first time that Hamas is sending the message that it would like to discuss a Hudna (long-term truce) with Israel, (Hamas) is a movement that has become a regime and when you are a regime you can suffer as a result of your grip on power. This is what they are now learning. So they are looking for options.

  2. Ivan Marquez:

    Please don't force us to break (the truce).

  3. Elon Musk:

    It's very important to get those cars, especially to China, as soon as possible. We hope the trade negotiations go well , but it's not clear. But we need to get them there while there's sort of a de facto - sort of a truce on the tariff war.

  4. The United Nations:

    He intends to spend more time in the two capitals (Riyadh and Sanaa) to discuss the draft principles paper which was developed here in Geneva - as he said, 'until we reach a preliminary agreement', as you know, before leaving us here in Geneva, he said both sides had shown signs of constructive engagement regarding the possibility of reaching a humanitarian truce and that there was emerging common ground upon which to build an eventual ceasefire coupled with the withdrawal of combattants.

  5. Mariana Fulger:

    There comes a time when you declare truce with pains, joys, and expectations alike – a kind of statement that I need to live like trees, like grass, like stones.

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