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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Iran has long insisted that its nuclear program is intended for peaceful, civilian purposes only. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Iran breaches nuclear fuel stockpile allowed under accord, UN says," 1 July 2019 The demonstrations, which were mostly peaceful, started at about noon in Lownsdale and Pioneer Courthouse squares. Oregonlive.com, oregonlive.com, "3 arrested as downtown Portland protests escalate into civil disturbance," 29 June 2019 Tehran says its purposes are peaceful, but US officials have accused Tehran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapon. David D. Kirkpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran’s supreme leader vows never to give in to US sanctions," 26 June 2019 The mood at the rally on Sunday was calm and peaceful, but disgust with the government was overwhelming. New York Times, "In the Largest Protests in Decades, Czechs Demand Resignation of Prime Minister," 23 June 2019 Views of the Los Gatos mountains loom on the horizon and the sprawling level lots and peaceful, rural ambience belie its proximity to freeway access, shopping, restaurants, and all that Silicon Valley and the South Bay cities have to offer. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Cambrian Park home nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac," 17 June 2019 But the vast majority of protesters were unarmed and peaceful, using umbrellas and goggles to shield themselves from the 150 canisters of tear gas fired at them by the police. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "The problem with calling Hong Kong’s protests a riot goes back to a colonial-era law," 16 June 2019 The course asked students to visualize King streets that echoed his values—racially integrated, thriving and peaceful, economically stable, with commerce that meets the needs of nearby residents. Wendi C. Thomas, National Geographic, "Where the Streets Have MLK's Name," 12 June 2019 Pros: Contemporary, natural, peaceful, and colorful, turn your deck into a grassy lawn. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Best Deck Material for Your House," 22 May 2019

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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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