• WordNet 3.6
    • n truce a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Truce (Mil) A suspension of arms by agreement of the commanders of opposing forces; a temporary cessation of hostilities, for negotiation or other purpose; an armistice.
    • Truce Hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet. "Where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truce An intermission of hostilities; specifically, a temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities mutually agreed upon by the commanders of two opposing forces, generally for some stipulated period, to admit of negotiation, or for some other purpose.
    • n truce Respite; temporary quiet or intermission of action, pain, contest, or the like.
    • n truce Reconciliation; peace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Truce trōōs a suspension of hostilities between two armies or states for a period specially agreed upon: cessation
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  • Reginald W. Kaufman
    Reginald W. Kaufman
    “Compromise is never anything but an ignoble truce between the duty of a man and the terror of a coward.”
  • Sun Tzu
    “When envoys are sent with compliments in their mouths, it is a sign that the enemy wishes for a truce.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trewes, triwes, treowes, pl. of trewe, a truce, properly, pledge of fidelity, truth, AS. treów, fidelity, faith, troth. See True
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. trewes, treowes, pl. of trewe, a truce; cf. True.


In literature:

From the citadel he sent out a flag of truce demanding a parley.
"Richard I" by Jacob Abbott
But "Brian the brave" would make no truce with a hated foe.
"Historic Boys" by Elbridge Streeter Brooks
There is a truce: the calm before the storm; so let us make the most of it.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
The French king, disappointed in his hopes, signed the truce of Nice, 1538.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Open war, said Vergniaud, is better than a hollow truce.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
A truce of three years arranged between England and France by the mediation of the papal legates.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Three months of the year's truce had elapsed; as yet, she had learnt nothing.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
In time of war it sometimes becomes necessary to hoist a flag of truce.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
A truce with Philip was agreed on, and Edward returned to England.
"A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
Alban could offer no objection to visit Warsaw under such a pleasant guide and he also welcomed the hours of truce.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton

In poetry:

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!
"In The Harbour: Decoration Day" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But could I win the widow's hand,
I'd make a truce 'twixt death and thee;
For thou upon the best of land
Should'st feed, and live, and die with me.
"Abner And The Widow Jones" by Robert Bloomfield
"And have they taen him, Kinmont Willie,
Against the truce of Border tide?
And forgotten that the bauld Bacleuch
Is keeper here on the Scottish side?
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
I made a truce last night with Sorrow,
The queen of tears, the foe of sleep,
To keep her tents until the morrow,
Nor send such dreams to make me weep.
"Sorrow's Treachery" by Robert Fuller Murray
Then the blood of the best and the bravest
Had poured like the rain on the sod,—
But the spirit of night stood between them,
Proclaiming the truce of their God.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Well did the roofs their solemn secret keep
Of life and death stayed by the truce of sleep,
Yet whispered of an hour when sleepers wake,
The fool to hope afresh, the wise to weep.
"The Passing Show" by Ambrose Bierce

In news:

Kurdish militiamen, rebels maintain truce in northern Syria.
Battle rages in Syria despite truce for 4-day Muslim holiday.
More blood flows in Middle East as truce proves elusive.
The school was damaged some days ago, before a truce between Hamas and Israel.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, who is part of the group in the Middle East negotiating a truce, said that the situation was "alarming.".
Nigeria militants call off truce in oil-rich Niger Delta.
Colombia rebel group declares truce as peace talks resume.
Israel, Militants Begin Talks on Truce Details.
Before Wednesday's truce, eight days of fighting killed 166 Palestinians and six Israelis.
Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana has for months called for a truce on social is.
Palestinian envoy hopes truce will hold.
Israel eases Gaza border restrictions after truce.
Another Senate Campaign Could See SuperPAC Truce (Or Not).
The Obama administration and two nonprofits that are suing it over millions of missing Bush-era emails have called a truce.
Shaky truce settles in Gaza.

In science:

If a white flag of truce was offered, it was a futile act because gravity’s retribution was tremendous.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation