AskDefine | Define truce

Dictionary Definition

truce n : a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms [syn: armistice, cease-fire]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈtɹuːs/, /"tru:s/
  • Rhymes: -uːs


  1. a period of time in which no fighting takes place due to an agreement between the opposed parties
  2. an agreement between opposed parties in which they pledge to cease fighting for a limited time


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



  1. grim
  2. cruel

Extensive Definition

A ceasefire (or truce) is a temporary stoppage of a war or any armed conflict, where each side of the conflict agrees with the other to suspend aggressive actions. Ceasefires may be declared as part of a formal treaty, but they have also been called as part of an informal understanding between opposing forces.

Historical examples

World War I

On December 24, 1914, during World War I, there was an unofficial ceasefire as both the French, British and Germans sought to observe Christmas (the "Christmas Truce"). There was no treaty signed, and after a few days the war resumed.

Korean War

A ceasefire was reached on July 27, 1953 to halt the conflict of the Korean War and establish a demilitarized zone. However, no peace treaty has been signed to date, technically leaving North and South Korea at war.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict

A more recent example of a ceasefire was announced between Israel and the Palestinian Authority on February 8, 2005. When announced, the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat publicly defined the ceasefire as follows: "We have agreed that today President Abbas will declare a full cessation of violence against Israelis anywhere and Prime Minister Sharon will declare a full cessation of violence and military activities against Palestinians anywhere."
truce in Bosnian: Primirje
truce in Catalan: Alto el foc
truce in Czech: Příměří
truce in German: Waffenruhe
truce in Spanish: Alto el fuego
truce in Esperanto: Batalhalto
truce in French: Cessez-le-feu
truce in Korean: 정전 (군사)
truce in Indonesian: Gencatan senjata
truce in Italian: Cessate il fuoco
truce in Hebrew: הפסקת אש
truce in Kurdish: Agirbes
truce in Hungarian: Fegyverszünet
truce in Japanese: 停戦
truce in Portuguese: Cessar-fogo
truce in Russian: Прекращение огня
truce in Scots: Ceasefire
truce in Simple English: Ceasefire
truce in Slovenian: Premirje
truce in Serbian: Примирје
truce in Finnish: Aselepo
truce in Swedish: Eldupphör
truce in Yiddish: וואפן שטילשטאנד

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Pax Dei, Pax Romana, Peace of God, abeyance, accord, agreement, armistice, break, breather, breathing spell, buffer zone, caesura, cease-fire, compact, cooling-off period, day off, de-escalation, demilitarized zone, drop, hesitation, holiday, hollow truce, interim, interlude, intermezzo, intermission, intermittence, interruption, interval, lapse, layoff, letup, lull, modus vivendi, moratorium, neutral territory, pacification, pact, pause, pax in bello, peace, recess, reconciliation, remission, respite, rest, stand-down, stay, suspension, suspension of hostilities, temporary arrangement, treaty, treaty of peace, vacation, wind down
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