When two warring sides decide to call it quits, it's called a truce — an agreement to end the fighting.

  • Pronunciation: /truːs/
  • English Description: an agreement between enemies to stop fighting or arguing for a short time, or the period for which this is arranged
  • Chinese Translation: 休战协定(Xiu1 Zhan4 Xie2 Ding1)
  • Spanish Translation: Tregua
  • STORY: When there's a truce, the two sides stop attacking each other, catch their breath, and try to work out a peace deal. A truce isn't a permanent solution: it's more like a time-out. People with other kinds of conflicts talk about truces, too. If you and your sister are in an ongoing battle, one of you could say, "Can we please call a truce?" That means you'll take a break from squabbling, at least for a while.


  • Protester Deray McKesson, also tweeting from the protest, said gangs had called a truce for the day and were marching side by side.BBCApr 25, 2015

  • He insists on a truce within its walls, which both men respect because he saved their lives.