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pacifist

noun pac·i·fist \ ˈpa-sə-fist \
|Updated on: 16 Jul 2018

Definition of pacifist

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

First Known Use of pacifist

1898

in the meaning defined above

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pacifist

adjective
variants: or pacifistic play \ˌpa-sə-ˈfi-stik\

Definition of pacifist

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

play \ˌpa-sə-ˈfi-sti-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

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First Known Use of pacifist

1908

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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