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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. 2017.
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  • pacifism springs from the belief that nations do not matter, that "humanity is the great idea."

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • These accursed Venonians are courageous for all their pacifism.

    Invaders from the Infinite John Wood Campbell
  • At present pacifism is no completely integrated philosophy of life.

    Introduction to Non-Violence Theodore Paullin
  • The quality of Wilson's pacifism was about to be put to the test.

  • So I was prepared to exonerate them, to praise them for their pacifism and their orderliness in such conditions.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • Am I not logical when I say that pacifism must be considered the first step to internationalism?

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • We feel the pacifism of the wise and secretive mind that remains tacit when its most perfect inward certainties are assailed.

    Pipefuls Christopher Morley
  • pacifism is not a disease, it is the symptom of the disease of a false internationalism.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • I have a higher opinion of pacifism this minute than I ever had before.

    The Island Mystery George A. Birmingham
  • pacifism had done its best, but the World was armed to the hilt.

British Dictionary definitions for pacifism


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pacifism

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pacifism 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
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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