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pacifism

Syllabification: pac·i·fism
Pronunciation: /ˈpasəˌfizəm
 
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Definition of pacifism in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms
peacemaking, conscientious objection(s), passive resistance, peacemongering, nonviolence

Origin

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

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