peaceful

[ pees-fuh l ]
/ ˈpis fəl /

adjective

characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful reign; a peaceful demonstration.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a state or time of peace.
peaceable; not argumentative, quarrelsome, or hostile: a peaceful disposition.

Origin of peaceful

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

SYNONYMS FOR peaceful

1 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.

Related forms

Can be confused

peaceable peaceful (see synonym study at the current entry)
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Examples from the Web for unpeaceful

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  • He made a strange thing of her life—a restless, unpeaceful, interesting, and unhappy thing.

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  • I am all unhopeful, all unpeaceful, all a desperate Languor and a tragic Futileness: I am an unspeakably untoward thing.

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  • Even at night our mistress is restless—Oh, these unpeaceful persons!

British Dictionary definitions for unpeaceful

peaceful

/ (ˈpiːsfʊl) /

adjective

not in a state of war or disagreement
tranquil; calm
not involving violencepeaceful picketing
of, relating to, or in accord with a time of peacepeaceful uses of atomic energy
inclined towards peace

Derived Forms

peacefully, adverbpeacefulness, noun
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