Truce of God
Truce Truce, n. [OE. trewes, triwes, treowes, pl. of trewe a truce, properly, pledge of fidelity, truth, AS. tre['o]w fidelity, faith, troth. See {True}.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary cessation; short quiet. [1913 Webster]

Where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless thoughts. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{Flag of truce} (Mil.), a white flag carried or exhibited by one of the hostile parties, during the flying of which hostilities are suspended.

{Truce of God}, a suspension of arms promulgated by the church, which occasionally took place in the Middle Ages, putting a stop to private hostilities at or within certain periods. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • truce of god — Usage: usually capitalized T & capitalized G Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin Treuga Dei : the cessation of hostilities between armies or individuals during part of the week (as from Wednesday evening to Monday morning) and during various …   Useful english dictionary

  • Truce of God — Latin Treuga Dei, or Treva Dei. In the 10c Wido, bishop of Puy, persuaded knights and peasants to swear to protect Church property and not to plunder. At a more formal level, it can be traced back to the *Synod of Elne in 1027, which suspended… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • Truce of God — ♦ A movement that began in the eleventh century which sought to forbid fighting on Sundays and the chief religious seasons and feasts. (Lynch, Joseph H. The Medieval Church: A Brief History, 365) See Peace of God …   Medieval glossary

  • Truce of God — Measure by the medieval Roman Catholic Church to suspend warfare on certain days of the week and for certain church festivals and Lent. It was instituted in France as early as 1027, and elsewhere in Europe (excluding England) during the next… …   Universalium

  • truce of God — In medieval law, a truce or suspension of arms promulgated by the church, putting a stop to private hostilities at certain periods or during certain sacred seasons …   Black's law dictionary

  • truce of God —  Перемирие божественное …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Truce of God — An armistice proclaimed by the church in medieval times …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Peace and Truce of God — The Peace and Truce of God was a medieval European movement of the Catholic Church that applied spiritual sanctions in order to limit the violence of private war in feudal society. The movement constituted the first organized attempt to control… …   Wikipedia

  • God, Truce of — ▪ ecclesiastical decree Latin  Treuga Dei, or Treva Dei,         a measure by the medieval Roman Catholic Church to suspend warfare during certain days of the week and during the period of certain church festivals and Lent.       It is traceable… …   Universalium

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