pacifist

[ pas-uh-fist ]
/ ˈpæs ə fɪst /

noun

a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
a person whose personal belief in pacifism causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.Compare conscientious objector.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. pacificatory,
  2. pacificism,
  3. pacifico,
  4. pacifier,
  5. pacifism,
  6. pacifistic,
  7. pacify,
  8. pacing catheter,
  9. pacini,
  10. pacinian corpuscle

Origin of pacifist

From the French word pacifiste, dating back to 1905–10. See pacific, -ist

Related forms
Can be confusedactivist pacifist passivist

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British Dictionary definitions for pacifist

pacifist

/ (ˈpæsɪfɪst) /

noun

a person who supports pacifism
a person who refuses military service

adjective

advocating, relating to, or characterized by pacifism
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Word Origin and History for pacifist

pacifist

n.

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

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