Definition of pacifism in English:


Line breaks: paci|fism
Pronunciation: /ˈpasɪfɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • The belief that war and violence are unjustifiable and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means: there remains a powerful undercurrent of pacifism the case for absolute pacifism
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    • 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.
    peacemaking, conscientious objection(s), passive resistance, love of peace, peace-mongering; dovishness, non-violence
    rare satyagraha


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

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