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pacifist

[pas-uh-fist]
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noun
  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.
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adjective
  1. pacifistic.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • There is no place for the pacifist in the minds of these apologists of the heroic order.

  • No statement of this kind is unbiased, for the pacifist has his own bias.

  • Every human being with common sense was a pacifist when the war started.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • A man can be a pacifist all right until his head has been punched.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • We have no knowledge of pacifist utterances of representative Germans of any time.


British Dictionary definitions for pacifist

pacifist

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

n.

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

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