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flag of truce Explained

Flag of truce at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

2. Hence, intermission of action, pain, or contest; temporary
cessation; short quiet.

Where he may likeliest find Truce to his restless
thoughts. --Milton.

{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

flag of truce at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

flag of truce
n : flag consisting of a piece of white cloth that is hoisted to
signal surrender or to ask for a truce [syn: {white flag}]