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 According to the National Parks Service, the memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812 and to celebrate long-lasting peace. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 Pig spends most of its time sending up the manners and morals of an industry that promises diners real food at premium prices, selling them feel-good stories and ethical peace all while abusing workers and animals. Jan Dutkiewicz, The New Republic, 23 July 2021 The song's message of unity and peace comes as the world continues to grapple with the COVID pandemic, which forced the Summer Games to be postponed by a year. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 23 July 2021 After the release of origami doves signifying peace, a Pictogram, Kabuki and Japanese jazz performance, spectacular fireworks illuminated the night skies over Tokyo. NBC News, 23 July 2021 Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards. BostonGlobe.com, 22 July 2021 Now that shadow would return with potential consequences to their success and peace of mind. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021 Greg had such an inner peace about him that people always seemed to gravitate towards. Dennis Waszak Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, 22 July 2021 Who Remains is actually the better version of Kang, the one who tries to prevent multiversal war and keep the peace in the Sacred Timeline. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 July 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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25 Jul 2021

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“Peace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peace. Accessed 30 Jul. 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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