- 1Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility: you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusionMore example sentences
- Now my Sundays are for worship, family, friends, reading, rest, and relaxation-such freedom and peace.
- He said the number of visitors also had a social impact, both on other visitors who went in search of peace and tranquillity, and on the local population.
- There was just something about her that radiated peace, tranquility, and that made her very popular.
- 1.1Mental calm; serenity: the peace of mind this insurance gives youMore example sentences
- Incredible calm and peace of mind come from living in a beautifully organized home.
- The benefits, they say, include improved health, greater energy, stress relief and peace of mind.
- No longer a primary source of food, our gardens may exist simply for pleasure and peace of mind.
- 2Freedom from or the cessation of war or violence: the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peaceMore example sentences
- It had gained respect and authority by ushering in a period of peace and stability in the city.
- That's what I think Americans can do with this providential period of prosperity and peace.
- The resulting peace agreement included a six-year interim period before a vote on independence.
- 2.2 [in singular] A treaty agreeing to the cessation of war between warring states: support for a negotiated peaceMore example sentences
- Finally, in 1842, the Chinese were forced to agree to an ignomious peace under the Treaty of Nanking.
- If Israelis and Palestinians are unwilling or unable to negotiate a workable peace, the international community must take the lead in promoting one.
- We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists' interest to agree on a genuine peace.
- 2.3Freedom from civil disorder: police action to restore peaceMore example sentences
- We know this fight is the way to defend the values that are at the basis of civil life and peace.
- Contention leads to war, and war is the antithesis of civil peace.
- To recognize the right to free association might have meant to deprive hundreds of millions of the right of civil peace.
- 2.4Freedom from dispute or dissension between individuals or groups: the 8.8 percent offer that promises peace with the boardMore example sentences
- They truly were in dire straights, and the offer of peace was very tempting.
- The cash call smacks of poor taste, taking advantage of people's fears and anxieties by making promises of peace.
- 3 (the peace) A ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity. See also kiss of peace at kiss.More example sentences
- The incomprehensible sermon was long past, and the handshake of peace was next.
- Big hugs or strong handshakes while sharing the peace can be painful for people with arthritis or rheumatic conditions.
- Seek out those with disabilities when passing the peace and extend Christ's welcome.
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- 1Free from anxiety or distress.More example sentences
- Caring for my two pups helped me feel at peace and reduced my anxiety and depression.
- And we want them to be safe, secure and at peace as well.
- I'm feeling quiet inside, at peace, content in a way.
- 1.1Dead (used to suggest that someone has escaped from the difficulties of life).More example sentences
- He's at peace now, free of pain, free of the longing for supernatural rescue.
- Theresa is at peace now but the rest of you are all left with the sorrow and tragedy of her death.
- 2In a state of friendliness: a man at peace with the worldMore example sentences
- I pray that we will live harmoniously and at peace with one another, regardless of which tradition or path we follow.
- Just being around her best friend made her feel much more at peace with the world.
- I pose that question to all of you since I firmly believe that your response will indicate whether you are at peace with God, with others and with yourself.
hold one's peace
- Remain silent about something.More example sentences
- At present I am biding my time, and holding my peace.
- At this stage I believe a reviewer should hold his peace, at least until his readers can get to see the movie.
- Too many, however, held their peace, at least until the next atrocity.
keep the peace
- Refrain or prevent others from disturbing civil order: the police must play a crucial role in keeping the peaceMore example sentences
- I compromised my own self in order to keep the peace and stave off confrontation.
- It is the program that kept the peace for six years.
- When I was a kid, the police in my town mostly kept the peace.
make peace (or one's peace)
- Re-establish friendly relations; become reconciled: not every conservative has made peace with big governmentMore example sentences
- Eventually, Gideon makes his peace with his daughter, decides to quit the rat race, and disappears off into the sunset with Stella.
- He did his best to console them and help them to make their peace with God.
- I just need to make my peace with myself, my neighbour, my community and my earth.
Middle English: from Old French pais, from Latin pax, pac- 'peace'.