- 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.
Origin of pacifism
Examples from the Web for pacifism
I have a higher opinion of pacifism this minute than I ever had before.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
These accursed Venonians are courageous for all their pacifism.Invaders from the Infinite
John Wood Campbell
The quality of Wilson's pacifism was about to be put to the test.Woodrow Wilson and the World War
Am I not logical when I say that pacifism must be considered the first step to internationalism?The Wasted Generation
Pacifism is not a disease, it is the symptom of the disease of a false internationalism.Our Part in the Great War
- 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
Word Origin and History for pacifism
1905, from French pacifisme (by 1903, apparently coined by Émile Arnaud), from pacifique (see pacific).
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.