pacifist

noun
pac·​i·​fist | \ ˈpa-sə-fist How to pronounce pacifist (audio) \
plural pacifists

Definition of pacifist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an adherent to pacifism : someone who opposes war or violence as a means of settling disputes … the attack inflamed the American public and turned isolationists and pacifists into gung-ho patriots hot for revenge.— Evan Thomas Not every woman will or should be a pacifist; and to advance in the Senate and into the White House, women will have to convince the voters that they're prepared to go to war.— Wendy Kaminer

pacifist

adjective
variants: or pacifistic \ ˌpa-​sə-​ˈfi-​stik How to pronounce pacifist (audio) \

Definition of pacifist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of pacifism or pacifists distributing pacifist literature
2 : strongly and actively opposed to conflict and especially war pacifist beliefs

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Adjective

pacifistically \ ˌpa-​sə-​ˈfi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pacifist (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for pacifist

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of pacifist in a Sentence

Adjective the newspaper's editorial board has clearly staked out a pacifist position on the current conflict
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But unlike the Black civil rights leader or India’s pacifist icon, Mr. al-Sadr has overseen an armed militia that has waxed and waned but never entirely gone away. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 The first woman to receive the prize was Bertha von Suttner, an Austrian writer who was a leading figure in a nascent pacifist movement in Europe. Shashank Bengali, New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 Now almost pacifist after its history of militarism, Germany has stayed out of most of the recent wars that have proved punishing and inconclusive for other Western countries. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Now almost pacifist after its history of militarism, Germany has stayed out of most of the recent wars that have proved punishing and inconclusive for other Western countries. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 Now almost pacifist after its history of militarism, Germany has stayed out of most of the recent wars that have proved punishing and inconclusive for other Western countries. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 Aug. 2021 These experiences led Bennett to become a pacifist and anti-war activist. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 26 July 2021 In its only other stint in federal power — as a junior coalition partner between 1998 and 2005 — the Green party struggled with a backlash from its pacifist base after its foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, backed sending German troops to Kosovo. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 At their formation back in 1980, the West German Greens were much like the Green parties that dot the global political landscape today: strongly environmentalist and pacifist, pro-cannabis and anti-nuclear. David Meyer, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of pacifist

Noun

1898, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pacifist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pacifist. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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pacifist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pacifist

: someone who believes that war and violence are wrong and who refuses to participate in or support a war

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