peace·​mak·​er | \ ˈpēs-mā-kər How to pronounce peacemaker (audio) \

Definition of peacemaker

: one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance

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peacemaking \ ˈpēs-​mā-​kiŋ How to pronounce peacemaking (audio) \ 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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Even at the best of times, Mr. Mugabe was a reluctant peacemaker, as his enemies — real or imagined — discovered to their cost. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Mugabe’s Reign Began With Bob Marley and Good Schools. Despotism Soon Followed.," 6 Sep. 2019 Now, presumably, the president hopes to fend off possible war in the Persian Gulf as well, and cast himself as a global peacemaker. Los Angeles Times, "Hello, Donald? This is the ayatollah calling," 28 Aug. 2019 When Simmons came to the housing complex looking for a fight, peacemakers tried to defuse the confrontation. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "'Our city is united in grief,' Dallas pastor says in calling for week of peace after girl's slaying," 16 Aug. 2019 Booker, who at times adopted the position of peacemaker, also took Biden to task over criminal justice issues and his role in passing a crime bill while a Delaware senator in the 1990s. Author: Steve Peoples, Sara Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats’ divisions in debates test Biden’s front-runner strength," 1 Aug. 2019 The peacemakers included 70 delegates from 27 countries, who met for six months in Paris, starting on January 18th 1919. The Economist, "Versailles revisited," 6 July 2019 Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura scuffled in the visitors’ dugout, where Martinez tried to play peacemaker by keeping the Big Hurt off Ventura. Paul Sullivan,, "3 things to watch for in the White Sox-Yankees series, including Eloy Jimenez channeling his inner Dick Allen and Lucas Giolito eyeing win No. 10," 13 June 2019 Ramsey has described Vasata as a peacemaker who wanted to stop Vorpagel and Henry’s aggression toward the rival dealer, who has not been charged in this case. Marc Freeman,, "Felon testifies about drug party before Super Bowl Sunday killings," 17 June 2019 But if that suggested that Trump was playing peacemaker, the reality turned out to be far more scattered. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "While You Were Offline: The President Is Running for President, FYI," 23 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce peacemaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of peacemaker

: a person who settles an argument or stops a fight

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