Definition of peace in English:

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Pronunciation: /pēs/


1Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility: you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion
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  • 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.
privacy, solitude
1.1Mental calm; serenity: the peace of mind this insurance gives you
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  • 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 peace
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  • 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.
2.1 [in singular] A period of this: the peace didn’t last
2.2 [in singular] A treaty agreeing to the cessation of war between warring states: support for a negotiated peace
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  • 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.
treaty, truce, ceasefire, armistice, cessation/suspension of hostilities
2.3Freedom from civil disorder: police action to restore peace
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  • 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 board
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


1Used as a greeting.
2Used as an order to remain silent.



at peace

1Free from anxiety or distress.
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  • 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).
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  • 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 world
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  • 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.
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  • 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 peace
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  • 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 government
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  • 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.

no peace for the weary


Middle English: from Old French pais, from Latin pax, pac- 'peace'.

  • Peace is from Old French pais, from Latin pax ‘peace’. The phrase no peace for the wicked comes from Isaiah 48:22 (There is no peace to the wicked, saith the Lord). In legal texts, the word pacific (mid 16th century), from the same root, still retains its early meaning ‘free from strife, peaceful’. In 1520 the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the stormy waters of the strait between what is now Tierra Del Fuego and mainland Chile. To his relief he emerged to calm seas, so called the ocean Mar Pacifico ‘tranquil sea’. The treacherous sound he passed through is still the Strait of Magellan. Pacify (Late Middle English) and pacifism (early 20th century) go back to the same root, as does appease (Middle English), literally ‘bring to a peaceful state’. See also pay

Words that rhyme with peace

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