peace

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noun

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.
4
a
: 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 peace New York Times
5
used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

peace

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verb

peaced; peacing; peaces

intransitive verb

obsolete
: to be, become, or keep silent or quiet
Phrases
at peace
: in a state of concord or tranquility
The problem was settled and his mind was at peace.

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The thought of telling your friends what's going on may seem like a distraction that would disturb your peace. Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Thursday repeated the assertion that Kyiv was refusing to engage in peace talks. David L. Stern, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Nov. 2022 But the winter weather is expected to pause fighting, which may provide an opening for peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. Time, 16 Nov. 2022 Modern players seem to have made their peace with it, and the induction of popular David Ortiz (who failed a drug test in 2003) by the writers last year could pave the way for more who were suspected of using. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2022 There, in the mirror’s reflection, my peace lily sagged, my begonia browned, my African violets pouted while bugs circled their leaves like vultures. Karen Hugg, WIRED, 9 Nov. 2022 With perfect scores in our Lab’s air suction and sound tests, the APEX proves that a vacuum with strong suction doesn’t have to disturb your peace. Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2022 In the present day, the older version of Maximo goes back to Acapulco to make his peace with Don Pablo’s passing — and also to confront some unfinished business. Andy Meek, BGR, 24 Oct. 2022 For your own peace of mind, cross the stuffing off the list. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

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

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Peace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

peace

noun

ˈpēs
1
: a state of quiet
especially : freedom from public disturbance or war
2
: freedom from upsetting thoughts or feelings
3
: harmony in personal relations
4
a
: a state or period of peace between governments
b
: an agreement to end a war

Legal Definition

peace

noun

: 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

Geographical Definition

Peace

geographical name

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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