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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Synonyms & Antonyms for peacenik


dove, pacifist


hawk, jingo, war hawk, warmonger

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Examples of peacenik in a Sentence

peaceniks argued that all the nonmilitary options had not been exhausted

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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, "Review: In ‘The Post,’ Democracy Survives the Darkness," 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, "Echoes of Vietnam-era protests in today’s demonstrations," 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, "Deadly attacks turn UK election into a vote on security," 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, "Trump at Afghan crossroads," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of peacenik

1962, in the meaning defined above

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