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adjective pac·i·fist \ˈpa-sə-fist\

Definition of pacifist

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of pacifism or pacifists

  2. 2 :  strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war


play \ˌpa-sə-ˈfis-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pacifist in a sentence

  1. <the newspaper's editorial board has clearly staked out a pacifist position on the current conflict>

Did You Know?

The Quakers and the Jehovah's Witnesses are pacifist religious groups, and Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King are probably the most famous American pacifists. Like these groups and individuals, pacifists haven't always met with sympathy or understanding. Refusing to fight ever, for any reason, calls for strong faith in one's own moral or religious convictions, since pacifism during wartime has often gotten people persecuted and even thrown in prison.


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Variants of pacifist



play \ˌpa-sə-ˈfis-tik\

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