pacifist

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noun

pac·​i·​fist ˈpa-sə-fist How to pronounce pacifist (audio)
plural pacifists
: an adherent to pacifism : someone who opposes war or violence as a means of settling disputes
… the attack inflamed the American public and turned isolationists and pacifists into gung-ho patriots hot for revenge. Evan Thomas
Not every woman will or should be a pacifist; and to advance in the Senate and into the White House, women will have to convince the voters that they're prepared to go to war. Wendy Kaminer

pacifist

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adjective

variants or pacifistic
1
: of, relating to, or characteristic of pacifism or pacifists
distributing pacifist literature
2
: strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war
pacifist beliefs
pacifistically adverb

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Example Sentences

Adjective the newspaper's editorial board has clearly staked out a pacifist position on the current conflict
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Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support. Mari Yamaguchi, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support. Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, 9 July 2022 Abe tugged at the 20th-century tethers that restrained Japan under a pacifist constitution and sought to focus attention on the threats posed by a saber-rattling, nuclear-armed North Korea and an expansionist China. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 11 July 2022 Abe, 67, was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister—a nationalist who objected to the pacifist constitution put in place by the U.S. after Japan’s defeat in World War II. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 11 July 2022 In 2015, his government passed a reinterpretation of Japan's postwar, pacifist constitution, allowing Japanese troops to engage in overseas combat — with conditions — for the first time since World War II. Helen Regan, CNN, 9 July 2022 Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support. Mari Yamaguchi, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pacifist was in 1898

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“Pacifist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pacifist. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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