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[ pees-fuhl ]


  1. characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful demonstration.

    a peaceful reign;

    a peaceful demonstration.

  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a state or time of peace.
  3. peaceable; not argumentative, quarrelsome, or hostile:

    a peaceful disposition.


/ ˈpiːsfʊl /


  1. not in a state of war or disagreement
  2. tranquil; calm
  3. not involving violence

    peaceful picketing

  4. of, relating to, or in accord with a time of peace

    peaceful uses of atomic energy

  5. inclined towards peace

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpeacefully, adverb
  • ˈpeacefulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • peaceful·ly adverb
  • peaceful·ness noun
  • quasi-peaceful adjective
  • quasi-peaceful·ly adverb
  • semi·peaceful adjective
  • semi·peaceful·ly adverb
  • un·peaceful adjective
  • un·peaceful·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of peaceful1

First recorded in 1250–1300, peaceful is from the Middle English word pesful; peace, -ful

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Synonym Study

Peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil refer to what is characterized by lack of strife or agitation. Peaceful today is rarely applied to persons; it refers to situations, scenes, and activities free of disturbances or, occasionally, of warfare: a peaceful life. Placid, serene, tranquil are used mainly of persons; when used of things (usually elements of nature) there is a touch of personification. Placid suggests an unruffled calm that verges on complacency: a placid disposition; a placid stream. Serene is a somewhat nobler word; when used of persons it suggests dignity, composure, and graciousness: a serene old man; when applied to nature there is a suggestion of mellowness: the serene landscapes of autumn. Tranquil implies a command of emotions, often because of strong faith, which keeps one unagitated even in the midst of excitement or danger.

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Example Sentences

Which is another reason for Putin to find some way to bring Belarusian protests to a peaceful end, with or without Lukashenko.

From Ozy

America’s government repeatedly fails to provide meaningful avenues for peaceful change.

From Vox

Most recently, some members of the US Congress wrote a petition calling on the US secretary of state to encourage the Ethiopian government to engage in an open dialog with the opposition for a peaceful transition.

From Quartz

Being in the redwoods and watching them burn, it’s amazing how peaceful it could be at times.

I discovered—to my surprise—that I enjoyed how peaceful the airport could be at night.

From Fortune

Instead, he is cruelly jailed solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.

To give the truth its rights, you have to see that groups like TMOC were threatened by peaceful protest.

The petroleum industry has depicted fracking as a few antiseptic drills dug on peaceful farmland.

In the past, union officials have appeared at numerous peaceful protests in New York and across the country.

The demonstrations have been largely peaceful, with fewer arrests and clashes with police than in other cities.

Every leader was killed, and every peaceful native whom the Spaniards met on their way was unmercifully treated.

This information was balm to Louis, as it seemed to promise a peaceful termination to so threatening an affair.

Nevertheless, both our arrival that evening and our landing the next morning were very quiet and peaceful.

The place wore an entirely peaceful air, strong and massive though it appeared.

Last night again there was all sorts of firing and fighting going on, throughout those hours peaceful citizens ear-mark for sleep.





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