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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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 Despite the peaceful atmosphere, security is still tight. Tarek Amara And Ahmed Jadallah, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tunisia's Jews and Muslims join to celebrate religious tolerance," 14 May 2018 And, although the perception is that kids who've had trouble in previous schools might have behavior problems, the strong relationships between students and adults contribute to a very peaceful atmosphere. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa's Kradwell School removes the stigma of mental health problems by helping kids," 11 May 2018 His bio was changed to reflect his new ambitions: After an honorable discharge, Joe committed himself to more peaceful action, shifting his attitude radically from warrior to peacenik to mirror the new political climate. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Up the street, Wake day spa is a peaceful refuge to indulge in a beauty or body treatment including hot stone and mineral salt massages and scrub and wrap combos. Nora Walsh, Vogue, "Eco Idyll: Las Catalinas, the Car-Free Costa Rica Town, Welcomes a New Hotel," 4 Apr. 2019 In Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, a heavily armed terrorist took 50 Muslim lives at a time when they were supposed to be at their most peaceful: in a mosque, praying. Georgia Fowler, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Fight Islamophobia," 23 Mar. 2019 So when guests come to call at the KNC Beauty founder’s peaceful Pasadena home, only the boldest and most decadent gestures will do. Vogue, "The Key to Beauty Entrepreneur Kristen Noel Crawley’s Eccentric West Coast Glam," 15 Mar. 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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