Definition of pacifism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpasəˌfizəm/


The belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
Example sentences
  • The logic of this argument is that the only policy compatible with neutrality is absolute pacifism.
  • As a result, postwar peace movements have abandoned pacifism as a central aspect of their beliefs.
  • Suddenly it is not so clear where one draws the line between courage and recklessness, persistence and fatalism, pacifism and passivity, war and revenge.


Early 20th century: from French pacifisme, from pacifier 'pacify'.

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Syllabification: pac·i·fism

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