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[pees-mey-ker] /ˈpisˌmeɪ kər/
a person, group, or nation that tries to make peace, especially by reconciling parties who disagree, quarrel, or fight.
Origin of peacemaker
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at peace, maker
Related forms
peacemaking, noun, adjective
intermediary, conciliator, mediator, arbitrator. Unabridged
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  • We heard of many more letters of defiance than of peacemaking and friendship.

  • The KLA stands to lose everything as a result of the latest bout of peacemaking.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • And then Paul's voice crying, "Yes, we've had enough of peacemaking!"

  • "And I am sure we ought to be very glad," murmured Sue in her humble, peacemaking accents—but even she looked disconcerted.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • Marjory was bitterly disappointed at the failure of her peacemaking mission, for she had set out almost certain of success.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for peacemaking


a person who establishes peace, esp between others
Derived Forms
peacemaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for peacemaking



early 15c., from peace + maker.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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