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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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 Vasata’s lawyers contended Vasata was just a peacemaker, and pointed to the fact that he was shot in the rampage. Marc Freeman,, "Jury weighs death penalty for Super Bowl Sunday killer," 26 June 2019 Since the split al-Bashir’s relationship slowly evolved into one of peacemaker, though with an eye on the oil-rich region that is now part of South Sudan. Sam Mednick, The Seattle Times, "Sudan’s upheaval brings fears for South Sudan’s peace deal," 12 Apr. 2019 With his older sister Elisabeth and his brother James at odds, and his father making gaffes that deepened the predicament, Lachlan was the peacemaker. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 Shaw, who once famously kept Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant from having a parking lot brawl before Lakers practice back in 2003, played the role of peacemaker but in far less dramatic fashion. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Resilient Isaiah Thomas on Lakers role: 'I'm not no sixth man'," 15 Mar. 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 How to pronounce peacemaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of peacemaker

: a person who settles an argument or stops a fight

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to make or get by devious means

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