peaceful

adjective
peace·​ful | \ ˈpēs-fəl How to pronounce peaceful (audio) \

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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Other Words from peaceful

peacefully \ ˈpēs-​fə-​lē How to pronounce peacefully (audio) \ adverb
peacefulness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for peaceful

Synonyms

dovish, pacific, pacifist (or pacifistic), peaceable

Antonyms

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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The protestors respect the space and are working to keep it peaceful, even with the occasional heckler passing by and the near constant police presence. Philly.com, "ICE protestors outside City Hall battle heat, loss of electricity," 9 July 2018 The answer: Learn to get along with each other in a peaceful way, to accommodate our human differences. Michael Paterniti, GQ, "Jimmy Carter for Higher Office," 26 June 2018 Pashinian won't be able to keep the protest peaceful for long. Yuras Karmanau And Avet Demourian, chicagotribune.com, "Armenian parliament votes against protest leader as new prime minister, angering demonstrators," 1 May 2018 Hawkins said students will have to advocate for themselves in a peaceful way. Jonece Starr Dunigan, AL.com, "Black University of Alabama students say cancelled Jared Taylor event a bittersweet victory," 22 Apr. 2018 The rally was peaceful and no incidents were reported. Dusan Stojanovic, The Seattle Times, "Croats gather in Austria for controversial commemoration," 18 May 2019 The next year-and-a-half was spent creating a home that was at once peaceful and energizing, and functioned as both sanctuary and chic gathering space. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "The Bold Patterns in This House Are Kaleidoscopic In the Best Way," 29 Mar. 2019 Sometimes they're soothed by the feeling of my baby kicking or the peaceful look on my sleeping husband’s face. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "It’s Beyond Refreshing That Even Beyoncé Experiences Self-Doubt as a Mother," 17 Apr. 2019 Soak in the peaceful atmosphere and then - as the morning warms up - take a dip in the lake. Joe Jackson, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: Etna, California," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of peaceful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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peaceful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of peaceful

: quiet and calm : without noise, excitement, etc.
: not fighting a war
: not involving violence or force

peaceful

adjective
peace·​ful | \ ˈpēs-fəl How to pronounce peaceful (audio) \

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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