peace·​ful | \ˈpēs-fəl \

Definition of peaceful 

1 : peaceable sense 1 They are a peaceful people.

2 : untroubled by conflict, agitation, or commotion : quiet, tranquil the feeling … that we as neighbors could settle any disputes in peaceful fashion— F. D. Roosevelt

3 : of or relating to a state or time of peace … the feasibility of creating a peaceful world order.— Alan Tonelson

4 : devoid of violence or force The opposing groups used peaceful tactics.

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peacefully \ˈpēs-​fə-​lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for peaceful


dovish, pacific, pacifist (or pacifistic), peaceable


bloodthirsty, hawkish, martial, warlike

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calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence. the protests ended, and the streets were calm again tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure. the tranquil beauty of a formal garden serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquility. watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency. remained placid despite the criticism peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil. grown peaceful in old age

Examples of peaceful in a Sentence

The park is so peaceful and quiet. They settled the conflict by peaceful means. We need to find a peaceful alternative to war.
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Republicans have, too, the rising spleen of the left, which is scarifying to the peaceful and will likely bring a backlash. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "A Long Way From the Arsenal of Democracy," 18 Oct. 2018 The unplanned marching has been peaceful and there have been no reports of arrests. Daniel Wilson And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Thousands march in downtown Sacramento against Trump’s anti-immigration policies," 30 June 2018 The juxtaposition of those lyrics against the backdrop of the music, which is both peaceful and gorgeous, only adds to its appeal. Ed Masley, azcentral, "10 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now: Gorillaz, Pusha T, Father John Misty, No Volcano, Post Hoc," 12 June 2018 Palestinian leaders said the protests were peaceful and the use of force was wholly disproportionate to the threat. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Netanyahu confronted over Gaza deaths by prominent UK politician," 7 June 2018 The protest and arrests were peaceful and without any serious incident, Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said. Ruth Bruno,, "Five Arrested In Peaceful Protest Against Poverty; Wage Inequality," 29 May 2018 Best Friend Tag with Zendaya and Zink Coleman To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that First and foremost, within a human rights framework, each and every person has a right to peaceful protest. Amnesty International Usa, Teen Vogue, "How to Legally Protest as a Public School Student," 12 Oct. 2018 There’s no peaceful way to die during a volcanic eruption, but at least the residents of Herculaneum didn’t suffer for very long. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Mount Vesuvius Caused Romans' Heads to Explode," 10 Oct. 2018 Two other rooms—a master bedroom and a quiet meditation room—branch off of the makeshift hallway, and both have a giant window that looks out onto the peaceful wilderness. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Minimalist apartment is serene retreat for retired couple," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of peaceful

: quiet and calm : without noise, excitement, etc.

: not fighting a war

: not involving violence or force


peace·​ful | \ˈpēs-fəl \

Kids Definition of peaceful

1 : not easily moved to argue or fight a peaceful people

2 : full of or enjoying quiet, calm, or freedom from disturbance

3 : not involving fighting Try to settle a dispute by peaceful means.

Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
peacefulness noun

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