Definition of pacifism
1 : opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes; specifically : refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds For Quakers pacifism is a major tenet of belief.
2 : an attitude or policy of nonresistance efforts toward pacifism and civil rights
pacifistplay \ˈpa-sə-fist\ noun
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The dynamic economies and pacifism of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan were taken for granted by China as easy targets for coercion and blackmail.
All this seems motivated, at least in part, by extreme pacifism and anti-imperialism rather than sympathy for dictators and terrorists, per se.
The Japanese revere him for his support of the pacifism enshrined in the nation’s postwar Constitution, and his role as the nation’s consoler in chief during natural disasters.
Directed by Angela Robinson, Professor Marston & the Wonder Women stars Luke Evans as Marston, the Harvard psychologist who channeled his interests in feminism, pacifism, bondage, lie detection, and more into creating Wonder Woman.
Emperor Akihito has also come to represent the pacifism enshrined in the Constitution and has acted as the country’s emissary of historic reconciliation with surrounding Asian countries that suffered under Japan’s aggression during the war.
Trying to cash in on the assumed pacifism of Germans is an old strategy.
After 1933, the rise of Hitler forced Einstein to concede that pure pacifism was no longer realistic.
But his appeasement and pacifism had sown the seeds for a global conflagration soon to come.
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Origin and Etymology of pacifism
French pacifisme, from pacifique pacific
First Known Use: 1902See Words from the same year
PACIFISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pacifism for English Language Learners
: the belief that it is wrong to use war or violence to settle disputes
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