verb (used without object), peaced, peac·ing.
- in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.
- untroubled; tranquil; content.
Origin of peace
Synonyms for peace
Antonyms for peace
Related Words for peacereconciliation, accord, love, unity, truce, friendship, tranquility, harmony, conciliation, concord, union, amity, treaty, neutrality, cessation, unanimity, order, armistice, pacification, pacifism
Examples from the Web for peace
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of peace
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 wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness.
We should recollect also that the season of peace is best adapted to these preparations.
- the state existing during the absence of war
- (as modifier)peace negotiations
- in a state of harmony or friendship
- in a state of serenity
- deadthe old lady is at peace now
Word Origin 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.
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