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From Middle English trewes, triwes, trues, plural of trewe, triewe, true (faithfulness, assurance, pact), from Old English trēowa, singularized plural of trēow, trȳw (faith; pledge; agreement), from Proto-West Germanic *treuwu, from Proto-Germanic *trewwō (compare Dutch trouw, German Treue, Danish tro, French trêve [< Germanic]), noun form of *triwwiz (trusty, faithful). More at true.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /tɹuːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /tɹus/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːs


truce (plural truces)

  1. A period of time in which no fighting takes place due to an agreement between the opposed parties.
    • 1732 October 1 (date written; Gregorian calendar), Dr. Cranstoun, “The Objections against a Regimen, Especially a Milk, Seed, and Vegetable Diet, Considered. The Case of the Learned and Ingenous Dr. Cranstoun, in a Letter to the Author at His Desire, in Dr. Cranstoun’s Own Words.”, in George Cheyne, The English Malady: Or, A Treatise of Nervous Diseases of All Kinds, [], London: [] G[eorge] Strahan []; Bath, Somerset: J. Leake, published 1733, →OCLC, part III (Containing Variety of Cases that Illustrate and Confirm the Foregoing Method of Cure. []), page 321:
      [I]n about ſix VVeeks or tvvo Months, the Dyſentery gave Truce, in vvhich Time I vvas often fretted vvith ſtrangurious Symptoms.
      A figurative use.
  2. An agreement between opposed parties in which they pledge to cease fighting for a limited time.
    • 1826, [Mary Shelley], chapter IV, in The Last Man. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn, [], →OCLC:
      They should meet that night on some neutral spot to ratify the truce.
    • 2017, Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology, Bloomsbury Publishing, page 108:
      [T]hey marked their truce by each of them, Aesir and Vanir alike, one by one spitting into a vat. As their spit mingled, so was their agreement made binding.



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Borrowed from Latin trucem.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtru.t͡ʃe/
  • Rhymes: -utʃe
  • Hyphenation: trù‧ce


truce (plural truci)

  1. grim, menacing
    Synonyms: torvo, minaccioso
  2. cruel
    Synonym: crudele

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Further reading[edit]

  • truce in – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana