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
Recent Examples of pacifism from the Web
A respite from the blood and violence of this show, Ray and The Hound discuss violence vs. pacifism.
Japanese pacifism has always been strewn with contradictions.
The contribution of the EU to international affairs hasn’t been peace, because NATO has kept the peace, but pacifism.
His writings on pacifism influenced Gandhi and, through him, Martin Luther King; as the Vietnam War raged, his views gained new purchase.
Because the Bible talks about Christ as a pacifist, Mennonites believe in pacifism.
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Origin and Etymology of pacifism
French pacifisme, from pacifique pacific
First Known Use: 1902
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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