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Definition of peace

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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.


peaced; peacing; peaces

Definition of peace (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to be, become, or keep silent or quiet


geographical name
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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 Most notably, perhaps, Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh has galvanized Azeri forces, frustrating Russia’s goal of keeping the peace between the two antagonists. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Putin Loses His Footing in Russia’s Backyard," 8 Oct. 2020 Still, Madden knows there’s work to be done to keep the peace. Andrew Canulette | Staff Writer,, "Andrew's Angle: Mandeville needs to steer away from politics of past, focus on future," 6 Oct. 2020 Smith also believes a global organization may be honored -- a choice that would underpin the role that such groups play in keeping the peace in a time of uncertainty. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Ardern, Navalny, WHO - but not Trump. A diverse list of contenders for the Nobel Peace Prize," 3 Oct. 2020 And the workers, who handle the day-to-day tasks of bookings, cancellations and keeping the peace between guests and hosts, got no severance. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Meet the Customer Service Reps for Disney and Airbnb Who Have to Pay to Talk to You," 2 Oct. 2020 The mob became unwieldy, and a group of local volunteers organized to keep the peace. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Undoing of a Tennessee Town," 30 Sep. 2020 Jackson introduced the Cleveland Police Department, the Secret Service, FBI and National Guard during a virtual hearing on Monday to take questions from residents about the city's plans to keep the peace. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, "Ohio deploys National Guard ahead of first debate: 'Minimize all of those distractions'," 29 Sep. 2020 The group’s ability to publicly keep the peace could impact its role in the nation’s political discourse. Washington Post, "The Proud Boys avoided violence in Portland, an attempt to make their group more palatable," 28 Sep. 2020 Negotiators for the Afghan government and the Taliban are engaged in talks seeking an end to the war, trying to shape a power-sharing government that can keep peace. Mujib Mashal, New York Times, "Her Study Center Was Bombed. She Still Topped Afghanistan’s National University Exam.," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of peace


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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Time Traveler for peace

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

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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Peace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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


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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



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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