- the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
- (often initial capital letter) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
- a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
- the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
- cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
- freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
- a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.
- a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
- silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.
- (initial capital letter, italics) a comedy (421 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
- (used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).
- Obsolete. to be or become silent.
- at peace,
- in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.
- untroubled; tranquil; content.
- hold/keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
- keep the peace, to maintain order; cause to refrain from creating a disturbance: Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
- make one's peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
- make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
Origin of peace
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Examples from the Web for peace
They called for peace, reconciliation, and the safe return of Father Gregorio.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
But without any peace talks on the horizon, everyone is now left to their own devices.In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead
January 2, 2015
He says biking long distances is “like coming to peace in your mind and your body.”Biking With the Bard
December 28, 2014
What, I suspect, we really want from Santa is peace (and quiet) at home for the holidays.Santa Fails One More Time
P. J. O’Rourke
December 27, 2014
But others dismiss them, saying this is nothing but the daydream of people who long for some peace.Has the Kurdish Victory at Sinjar Turned the Tide of ISIS War?
December 27, 2014
It had the pure and placid expression of the human soul, when it dwells in love and peace.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Where shall I find a quiet church where I may say his De profundis in peace?The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Our peace with the power with whom we had been engaged had also been concluded.
We should recollect also that the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations.
May her ways be ways of pleasantness and all her paths be peace!
- the state existing during the absence of war
- (as modifier)peace negotiations
- (modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peacepeace women
- (often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
- a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
- law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbancea breach of the peace
- absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
- a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
- at peace
- in a state of harmony or friendship
- in a state of serenity
- deadthe old lady is at peace now
- hold one's peace or keep one's peace to keep silent
- keep the peace to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
- make one's peace with to become reconciled with
- make peace to bring hostilities to an end
- (intr) mainly obsolete to be or become silent or still
Word Origin and History for peace
mid-12c., "freedom from civil disorder," from Anglo-French pes, Old French pais "peace, reconciliation, silence, permission" (11c., Modern French paix), from Latin pacem (nominative pax) "compact, agreement, treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of war" (source of Provençal patz, Spanish paz, Italian pace), from PIE *pag-/*pak- "fasten," related to pacisci "to covenant or agree" (see pact).
Replaced Old English frið, also sibb, which also meant "happiness." Modern spelling is 1500s, reflecting vowel shift. Sense in peace of mind is from c.1200. Used in various greetings from c.1300, from Biblical Latin pax, Greek eirene, which were used by translators to render Hebrew shalom, properly "safety, welfare, prosperity."
Sense of "quiet" is attested by 1300; meaning "absence or cessation of war or hostility" is attested from c.1300. As a type of hybrid tea rose (developed 1939 in France by Francois Meilland), so called from 1944. Native American peace pipe is first recorded 1760. Peace-officer attested from 1714. Peace offering is from 1530s. Phrase peace with honor first recorded 1607 (in "Coriolanus"). The U.S. Peace Corps was set up March 1, 1962. Peace sign, both the hand gesture and the graphic, attested from 1968.
Idioms and Phrases with peace
In addition to the idiom beginning with peace
- peace and quiet
- at peace
- hold one's tongue (peace)
- keep the peace
- leave someone in peace
- make one's peace with
- make peace