noun (initial capital letter)
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Origin of pacific
OTHER WORDS FROM pacificnon·pa·cif·ic, adjectiveun·pa·cif·ic, adjective
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What does pacific mean?
The adjective pacific means peaceful, calm, tranquil, or nonviolent.
When capitalized, Pacific is best known as the name of the Pacific Ocean, often simply called the Pacific.
The adjective pacific is not used nearly as often as some of its common synonyms, such as peaceful.
Example: While their neighbors were known as warriors, the tribe was pacific, specializing in trade.
Where does pacific come from?
The first records of pacific come from the mid-1500s. It comes from the Latin pācificus, meaning “peacemaking.” Its ultimate root, the Latin pāx (meaning “peace”), is also the basis of peace.
The Pacific Ocean was named by navigator Ferdinand Magellan in Portuguese as Mar Pacifico, meaning “peaceful sea,” due to the fact that its waters were calm when he first reached it. The word Pacific in relation to the ocean can also be used to identify the places that border it, as in Pacific coast and Pacific region.
The adjective pacific can be used to describe other things as calm or tranquil, especially outdoor spaces or even other bodies of water. More commonly, it can be used to describe actions intended to preserve peace, or peoples who avoid war, or periods of time without war. Still, in all these cases, the word peaceful is much more commonly used.
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- nonpacific (adjective)
- unpacific (adjective)
- pacifically (adverb)
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How is pacific used in real life?
When used in reference to the ocean, Pacific can be applied as a modifier in a number of ways, including to refer to the places near it and the people who live on its islands.
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So Moana was beautiful but really hits home just how much of a catastrophe European invasion and colonisation was on Pacific peoples
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The pacific nation often used its large military to influence neighboring countries.
Example sentences from the Web for pacific
Owing to its popularity as a pet, it has spread across the Pacific to China.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a young Army Air Force lieutenant whose plane crashed in the Pacific in May 1943.
To break her self-destructive cycle and heal, she decides to hike 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail solo.Exclusive: The Making of Reese Witherspoon’s Golden Globe-Nominated ‘Wild’|Marlow Stern|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was a logic to it – many of the wines were from the Pacific Northwest, principally from Oregon and Washington state.
On each coast, the Caribbean and the Pacific, there are stunning beaches.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A voyage to the Pacific was a very different thing in the year 1800, however, from what it is to-day.Afloat And Ashore|James Fenimore Cooper
We know with what pacific habits they dared the perils of the field.Successful Methods of Public Speaking|Grenville Kleiser
In front, broken only by a line of trees and the squat humps of six antiquated cannons, sparkled the blue expanse of the Pacific.His Unknown Wife|Louis Tracy
Persons thus lost should remember that buffalo trails run north and south, and the Pacific Railroads east and west.Buffalo Land|W. E. Webb
As the Pacific is not always so peaceful as its name, this pleasing task was not at all times accomplished with ease.The Utah Batteries: A History|Charles R. Mabey