peace·​nik | \ ˈpēs-ˌnik How to pronounce peacenik (audio) \

Definition of peacenik

: an opponent of war specifically : one who participates in antiwar demonstrations

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Examples of peacenik in a Sentence

peaceniks argued that all the nonmilitary options had not been exhausted
Recent Examples on the Web Has this latter-day John D. Rockefeller found his inner peacenik? Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2019 Contrary to the testimony of Rand Paul and Maureen Dowd, Trump is not a peacenik. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, 10 Sep. 2019 More broadly, Mr Corbyn represents only one strand of foreign-policy thinking within the party, which is not filled exclusively by peaceniks. The Economist, 6 June 2019 The real story began with Daniel Ellsberg, the Marine turned government researcher turned clandestine peacenik who first gave the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2017 Their appearances feel elegiac in the wake of the election, serving not to remind the reader of a lost radical past but to underscore just how far from radicalism so many former peaceniks have come. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, 9 Feb. 2017 As Labour’s hopes of winning the election — or at least denying May a big majority — rise, Corbyn has tried to dispel his image as a peacenik. Washington Post, 6 June 2017 Still new to office and with a reputation as something of a peacenik, Obama was susceptible to this pressure. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, 9 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of peacenik

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Peacenik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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