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pax

[paks, pahks]
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noun
  1. Ecclesiastical. kiss of peace.
  2. (initial capital letter) a period in history marked by the absence of major wars, usually imposed by a predominant nation.
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Origin of pax

1325–75; Middle English < Latin: peace

Pax

[paks, pahks]
noun
  1. the Roman goddess of peace.
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British Dictionary definitions for paxes

pax

noun
  1. mainly RC Church
    1. a greeting signifying Christian love transmitted from one to another of those assisting at the Eucharist; kiss of peace
    2. a small metal or ivory plate, often with a representation of the Crucifixion, formerly used to convey the kiss of peace from the celebrant at Mass to those attending it, who kissed the plate in turn
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interjection
  1. British school slang a call signalling an end to hostilities or claiming immunity from the rules of a game: usually accompanied by a crossing of the fingers
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Word Origin

Latin: peace

Pax

noun
  1. the Roman goddess of peaceGreek counterpart: Irene
  2. a period of general peace, esp one in which there is one dominant nation
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Word Origin

Latin: peace

PAX

abbreviation for
  1. private automatic exchange
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Word Origin and History for paxes

pax

n.

mid-15c., "kiss of peace," from Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace," in Ecclesiastical Latin, "kiss of peace" (see peace). Capitalized, Pax was the name of the Roman goddess of peace. Used by 1933 with adjectives from national names, on model of Pax Romana (e.g. Pax Britannica, 1872; Pax Americana, 1886, with reference to Latin America).

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