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  1. the nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.

  2. Often Peace . 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.

  1. a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.

  2. 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.

  3. cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.

  4. freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquility; serenity: Has therapy helped you find the peace you’ve been looking for?

  5. a state of tranquility or serenity: May he rest in peace.

  6. a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquility: the peace of a mountain resort.

  7. silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.

  8. Peace, a comedy (421 b.c.) by Aristophanes.

  1. (used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence.)

verb (used without object),peaced, peac·ing.
  1. Obsolete. to be or become silent.

Idioms about peace

  1. at peace,

    • in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.

    • untroubled; tranquil; content.

    • deceased.

  2. hold / keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: Can you please just hold your peace until I'm done talking?

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.

Origin of peace

First recorded in 1125–75; Middle English pes, pese, pece, from Anglo-French pe(e)s, pes and Old French pais, paix, pes, from Latin pāc-, stem of pax “peace, peace treaty, amity”; see origin at pact

Other words for peace

Opposites for peace

Other words from peace

  • peace·less, adjective
  • peace·less·ness, noun
  • peace·like, adjective
  • non·peace, noun
  • self-peace, noun
  • sem·i·peace, noun

Words that may be confused with peace

Words Nearby peace Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use peace in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for peace


/ (piːs) /

    • the state existing during the absence of war

    • (as modifier): peace negotiations

  1. (modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peace: peace women

  1. (often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war

  2. a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife

  3. law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbance: a breach of the peace

  4. absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)

  5. a state of stillness, silence, or serenity

  6. at peace

    • in a state of harmony or friendship

    • in a state of serenity

    • dead: the old lady is at peace now

  7. hold one's peace or keep one's peace to keep silent

  8. keep the peace to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order

  9. make one's peace with to become reconciled with

  10. make peace to bring hostilities to an end

  1. (intr) mainly obsolete to be or become silent or still

Origin of peace

C12: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx

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Other Idioms and Phrases with peace


In addition to the idiom beginning with peace

  • peace and quiet

also see:

  • at peace
  • hold one's tongue (peace)
  • keep the peace
  • leave someone in peace
  • make one's peace with
  • make peace

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