peace·​mak·​er ˈpēs-mā-kər How to pronounce peacemaker (audio)
: one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance
peacemaking noun or adjective

Examples of peacemaker in a Sentence

She acted as peacemaker in the dispute. the former diplomat is coming out of retirement to lend his talents as a peacemaker to these crucial negotiations
Recent Examples on the Web Board member Dan Shea will join the group; in 2018, NCRC honored him, along with the late Peter Seidler, as peacemakers for their pioneering work to address homelessness in our city. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 Even without that hurdle, however, the experiences of past U.S. peacemakers in the region suggest that negotiations must be driven by those directly involved in a conflict. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Mar. 2024 His statements and actions have cast doubts on his role as peacemaker, coalition builder, and champion of the marginalized. Matias Spektor, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2024 No, what prompted Villaraigosa to happily reminisce for a good hour was his success as a peacemaker in the eternal civil war that’s politics on the Eastside. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Instead, a push from Beijing to frame itself as a potential peacemaker in the conflict, spearheaded by Wang at last year’s Munich Security Conference, hasn’t produced tangible results. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 19 Feb. 2024 There has already been tension between Troxell and his two co-defendants, based on his decision to pursue a legal defense that paints Troxell as a peacemaker and shifts blame away from him and toward the other two. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 13 Mar. 2024 Initially, there were suspicions that countries such as France and Germany would wish to protect their roles as potential peacemakers, but both French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz came to appreciate that trust in Putin was misplaced. Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs, 23 Feb. 2024 Although political division continued in the nation, the moment signifies how much of a peacemaker Marley was at the time and is remembered as part of his legacy. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peacemaker was in the 15th century

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“Peacemaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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peace·​mak·​er ˈpē-ˌsmā-kər How to pronounce peacemaker (audio)
: a person who settles an argument or stops a fight
peacemaking noun or adjective

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