1. A temporary cessation or suspension of hostilities by agreement of the opposing sides; an armistice.
2. A respite from a disagreeable state of affairs.
tr. & intr.v. truced, truc·ing, truc·es
To end or be ended with a truce.
[Middle English trewes, pl. of trewe, treaty, pledge, from Old English trēow; see deru- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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