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[pas-uh-fiz-uh m] /ˈpæs əˌfɪz əm/
opposition to war or violence of any kind.
refusal to engage in military activity because of one's principles or beliefs.
the principle or policy that all differences among nations should be adjusted without recourse to war.
Also, pacificism
[puh-sif-uh-siz-uh m] /pəˈsɪf əˌsɪz əm/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pacifism
1905-10; < pacifisme. See pacific, -ism
Related forms
antipacifism, noun
propacifism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I don't believe in pacificism much, myself, but she used it very niftily for her argument.

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington
  • Our own conversion to pacificism, though sincere, is somewhat recent.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
British Dictionary definitions for pacificism


the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war
the belief that international disputes can be settled by arbitration rather than war
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Word Origin and History for pacificism

1904, from pacific + -ism.



1905, from French pacifisme (by 1903, apparently coined by Émile Arnaud), from pacifique (see pacific).

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pacificism in Culture

pacifism definition

The view that war is morally unacceptable and never justified (see conscientious objector). The term is sometimes applied to the belief that international disputes should be settled peacefully.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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