- opposition to war or violence of any kind.
- refusal to engage in military activity because of one's principles or beliefs.
- the principle or policy that all differences among nations should be adjusted without recourse to war.
Also pa·cif·i·cism [puh-sif-uh-siz-uh m] /pəˈsɪf əˌsɪz əm/
Origin of pacifism
1905–10;Related formsan·ti·pac·i·fism, nounpro·pac·i·fism, noun
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Historical Examples of pacificism
Our own conversion to pacificism, though sincere, is somewhat recent.
I don't believe in pacificism much, myself, but she used it very niftily for her argument.
British Dictionary definitions for pacificism
- the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war
- the belief that international disputes can be settled by arbitration rather than war
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Word Origin and History for pacificism
1905, from French pacifisme (by 1903, apparently coined by Émile Arnaud), from pacifique (see pacific).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
The view that war is morally unacceptable and never justified (see conscientious objector). The term is sometimes applied to the belief that international disputes should be settled peacefully.
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