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  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.
  1. pacifistic.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for pacifist

peacemaker, Dove, peacenik

Examples from the Web for pacifist

Contemporary Examples of pacifist

Historical Examples of pacifist

  • 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


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

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

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