peace

noun
\ ˈpēs How to pronounce peace (audio) \

Definition of peace

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a state of tranquility or quiet: such as
a : freedom from civil disturbance Peace and order were finally restored in the town.
b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom a breach of the peace
2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions I have been in perfect peace and contentment— J. H. Newman
3 : harmony in personal relations The sisters are at peace with each other.
4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again.
b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity offered the possibility of a negotiated peaceNew York Times
5 used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
at peace
: in a state of concord or tranquility The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.

peace

verb
peaced; peacing; peaces

Definition of peace (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

obsolete
: to be, become, or keep silent or quiet

Peace

geographical name
\ ˈpēs How to pronounce Peace (audio) \

Definition of Peace (Entry 3 of 3)

river 1195 miles (1923 kilometers) long in western Canada flowing east and northeast in northern British Columbia and northern Alberta into the Slave River — see finlay

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Synonyms & Antonyms for peace

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of peace in a Sentence

Noun After many years of war, people on both sides were longing for peace. We said a prayer for world peace. He tried to negotiate a peace between the warring countries. There was a peace of 50 years before war broke out again. Peace and order were finally restored in the town. After years of therapy, he has finally achieved an inner peace. He is searching for inner peace. Insurance can provide you with peace of mind. The problem was settled and his mind was at peace. They are at peace with each other.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Abdul Ghani Baradar—one of the group’s founders and its lead negotiator in a 2020 peace deal with the U.S. and former Afghan government—is expected to become its leader. Graison Dangor, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Officer David Wulfing issued McCoshen a citation for disorderly conduct — disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor — and then took him to the Washington County Jail because McCoshen was an out-of-state resident, the report said. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2021 Benjamin Eugene Dagley, who is from Wooster, Ohio, will be charged with two counts of simple assault, one count of disturbing the peace and one count of violating an emergency curfew, according to a statement from Gulfport police. NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 That’s also a time when being healthy and at peace with the world may be of primary importance. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2021 He was previously arrested for theft, disturbing the peace, obstructing officers, outraging public decency, and more, according to the station. David Aaro, Fox News, 26 Aug. 2021 The station also reports that Tay has been previously arrested for theft, disturbing the peace, obstructing officers, outraging public decency and other offenses. Peter Martinez, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2021 The resident in the unit was cited for disturbing the peace. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Al Aswany says he is deeply saddened by Egypt’s last decade, though at peace with himself and his convictions. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of peace

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peace

Noun and Verb

Middle English pees, from Anglo-French pes, pees, from Latin pac-, pax; akin to Latin pacisci to agree — more at pact

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The first known use of peace was in the 12th century

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11 Sep 2021

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“Peace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for peace

peace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peace

: a state in which there is no war or fighting
: an agreement to end a war
: a period of time when there is no war or fighting

peace

noun
\ ˈpēs How to pronounce peace (audio) \

Kids Definition of peace

1 : freedom or a period of freedom from public disturbance or war
2 : a quiet and calm state of mind
3 : agreement and harmony among people
4 : an agreement to end a war

peace

noun

Legal Definition of peace

: a state of tranquility or quiet: as
a : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom keeping the peace
b : freedom from civil disturbance

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