1. a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
  2. a person whose personal belief in pacifism causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.Compare conscientious objector.
  1. pacifistic.

Origin of pacifist

From the French word pacifiste, dating back to 1905–10. See pacific, -ist
Related formsan·ti·pac·i·fist, noun, adjectivenon·pac·i·fist, nounpro·pac·i·fist, noun, adjectivesem·i·pac·i·fist, adjective, nounun·pac·i·fist, adjective
Can be confusedactivist pacifist passivist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-pacifist


  1. a person who supports pacifism
  2. a person who refuses military service
  1. advocating, relating to, or characterized by pacifism
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Word Origin and History for anti-pacifist



1903, from French pacifiste (see pacifism). Related: Pacifistic (1902).

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