Definition of peace in English:


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Pronunciation: /piːs


[mass noun]
  • 2A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended: the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace [in singular]: the peace didn’t last
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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 treaty agreeing peace 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, end/cessation/suspension of hostilities, moratorium, agreement, alliance, concord, appeasement, reconciliation
  • 2.2The state of being free 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.
  • 2.3The state of being free from dissension: the 8.8 per cent offer promises peace with the union
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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.


at peace

  • 1 euphemistic Free from anxiety or distress: she had felt at peace, and strangely detached
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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 and therefore free 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: he nodded indulgently at such pertness and obstinacy, but held his peace
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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 (one's) peace

Re-establish friendly relations: he returned to the village to make peace with his mother
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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 wicked


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

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