peace·mak·er | \ˈpēs-mā-kər \

Definition of peacemaker 

: one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance

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peacemaking \ˈpēs-mā-kiŋ \ 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

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In contrast to France, Germany — Europe’s largest economy — has taken a milder tone since March, seeking to be a peacemaker in the negotiations, downplaying talk of retaliation and seeking to keep both sides talking. Washington Post, "European leaders plan to hit back against Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs," 2 June 2018 Despite his banishment, the Puritans relied on Williams as a peacemaker, and the Narragansett sachems warily entered into treaties with the colonists. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, "‘God, War, and Providence’ Review: When Conquest Was Puritanical," 13 June 2018 Sheriff Ash spoke about the dangers of law enforcement and the special role of his deputies as peacemakers. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018 Trump appears to have resolved the immediate threat of war and cast himself as a peacemaker. Fortune, "Still Confused about the Trump-Kim Summit? 12 Pressing Questions, Answered," 13 June 2018 That ascent marked a fundamental shift for the ANC, away from Mandela the peacemaker and Mbeki the technocrat — and toward Zuma, a traditionalist whose popularity was concentrated in the populous rural province of KwaZulu-Natal. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Ruling party’s demand for Zuma’s resignation deepens uncertainty in South Africa," 13 Feb. 2018 Over his seven and a half years at Yellowstone, Wenk earned a reputation as a peacemaker, liked and respected even by people who disagreed with him. Elliott D. Woods, Outside Online, "Is the DOI Strong-Arming National Park Leaders?," 19 June 2018 Matthew said the peacemakers would be called the children of God, but Matthew never had to find middle ground between a mule-stubborn mayor and a rampaging federal agency. Stu Bykofsky,, "On sanctuary city, Rendell says compromise can happen. But Philly and ICE are not interested | Stu Bykofsky," 29 May 2018 Arnel Medor remembers her friend, Tamara Lamour, as a class clown and peacemaker. Michael Williams,, "Woman who drowned in Orange County pond 'lost herself trying to help others,' friend says," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of peacemaker

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peacemaker

: a person who helps to prevent or stop an argument, a fight, or a war


peace·mak·er | \ˈpēs-ˌmā-kər \

Kids Definition of peacemaker

: a person who settles an argument or stops a fight

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