[ pees ]
/ pis /
the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
(often initial capital letter) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.
a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.
(initial capital letter, italics) a comedy (421 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
(used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).
verb (used without object), peaced, peac·ing.
Obsolete. to be or become silent.
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Idioms for peace
- in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.
- untroubled; tranquil; content.
hold/keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
keep the peace, to maintain order; cause to refrain from creating a disturbance: Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
make one's peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
Origin of peace
1125–75; Middle English pes < Old French, variant of pais < Latin pax (stem pāc-); akin to pact
OTHER WORDS FROM peace
peace·less, adjectivepeace·less·ness, nounpeace·like, adjectivenon·peace, noun
self-peace, nounsem·i·peace, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH peacepeace piece
Words nearby peace
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British Dictionary definitions for hold one's peace
/ (piːs) /
- the state existing during the absence of war
- (as modifier)peace negotiations
(modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peacepeace women
(often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbancea breach of the peace
absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
- in a state of harmony or friendship
- in a state of serenity
- deadthe old lady is at peace now
hold one's peace or keep one's peace to keep silent
keep the peace to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
make one's peace with to become reconciled with
make peace to bring hostilities to an end
(intr) mainly obsolete to be or become silent or still
Word Origin for peace
C12: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx
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Idioms and Phrases with hold one's peace (1 of 2)
hold one's peace
see under hold one's tongue.
Idioms and Phrases with hold one's peace (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with peace
- peace and quiet
- at peace
- hold one's tongue (peace)
- keep the peace
- leave someone in peace
- make one's peace with
- make peace
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