Definition of peace in English:

peace

noun

mass noun
  • 1Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity.

    ‘he just wanted to drink a few beers in peace’
    • ‘Now my Sundays are for worship, family, friends, reading, rest, and relaxation-such freedom and peace.’
    • ‘He said the number of visitors also had a social impact, both on other visitors who went in search of peace and tranquillity, and on the local population.’
    • ‘There was just something about her that radiated peace, tranquility, and that made her very popular.’
    • ‘Even so I seemed at every point of contact to be surrounded by abrasive people intent on disturbing my peace, my comfort, and my equable nature.’
    • ‘All we can give them is honor for their sacrifice, and freedom and peace for their families.’
    • ‘It was as if it had suddenly tasted peace and freedom after the tumult and congestion of Italy.’
    • ‘Right now, it's telling me that I've enjoyed dropping out of the rat race over the festive period, savouring peace, relaxation and sleep.’
    • ‘But that period of peace from the media will now come to an abrupt end.’
    • ‘This would be followed by a short period of peace with respite from the pressure inside his head.’
    • ‘For three noisy, polluted decades they have campaigned for the bypass which would restore their village's peace and safety.’
    • ‘But you need only step a few streets away from the beach for the cacophony to subside and for peace to be restored.’
    • ‘The right to enter a church, to worship, say a prayer, soak up the atmosphere and to find a few moments' peace should be free to all.’
    • ‘The centre offers a place of peace and hope for those who are on the road to recovery.’
    • ‘A way of life beckons that promises peace in a beautiful place, where the weather is kind, wine plentiful, and food exquisite.’
    • ‘We offer peace and quiet, no resident children, structured control and security.’
    tranquillity, calm, calmness, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness, quietude, silence, soundlessness, hush, noiselessness, stillness, still
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    1. 1.1Mental or emotional calm.
      ‘the peace of mind this insurance gives you’
      • ‘Incredible calm and peace of mind come from living in a beautifully organized home.’
      • ‘The benefits, they say, include improved health, greater energy, stress relief and peace of mind.’
      • ‘No longer a primary source of food, our gardens may exist simply for pleasure and peace of mind.’
      • ‘Victory over enemies will give you satisfaction and peace of mind, but beware of discord in the family.’
      • ‘Having a forgiving spirit is one formula to peace of mind, happiness and good health.’
      • ‘Would this move bring me the happiness and peace of mind that I feel I have needed recently?’
      • ‘For her the children always came first, well before her own happiness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘We spend our lives in pursuit of happiness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘Mental illness can rob a person of peace of mind, relationships, and sense of purpose in life.’
      • ‘From the layman's point of view, a spiritual life gives you calmness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘If this money won't buy me happiness, at least it can give me some peace of mind.’
      • ‘Perhaps the highest price is the loss of happiness, the inability to achieve peace of mind.’
      • ‘And would he trade his musical style for more peace of mind?’
      • ‘It will definitely help bring some peace of mind to law-abiding citizens who are rightfully concerned about the safety of their children.’
      • ‘This guilt started affecting my work, my peace of mind.’
      • ‘Recognizing your inner beauty is the true key to peace of mind.’
      • ‘It would definitely bring the much needed peace of mind.’
      • ‘We are increasing our budget for next year to prevent crime and to give customers peace of mind.’
      • ‘If only peace of mind were so easily attainable.’
      • ‘It also has everything you need for complete peace of mind.’
      serenity, peacefulness, tranquillity, equanimity, calm, calmness, composure, placidity, placidness, rest, repose, ease, comfort, contentment, content, contentedness, security
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  • 2A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.

    ‘the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace’
    in singular ‘the peace didn't last’
    • ‘It had gained respect and authority by ushering in a period of peace and stability in the city.’
    • ‘That's what I think Americans can do with this providential period of prosperity and peace.’
    • ‘The resulting peace agreement included a six-year interim period before a vote on independence.’
    • ‘Great prosperity at home and peace abroad enshrine the current period as a golden age in the nation's history.’
    • ‘For China, reform and development require a long period of peace.’
    • ‘The prolonged period of peace in Europe has created a dangerous temptation to neglect our defences, both physical and psychological.’
    • ‘It also tells us that there was a long period of peace as the men were not needed to fight in any wars.’
    • ‘The island, as a whole, is enjoying a sustained period of peace as we face the new century for the first time in decades.’
    • ‘Private property and relative freedom to trade gave humanity the longest period of peace in history.’
    • ‘Both kenjutsu and jujutsu aimed at being self defence martial arts during the period of peace.’
    • ‘Yes, there were aberrations like the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, but mostly it was a period of peace.’
    • ‘War had resumed on the continent in 1805, though the period of peace with Britain had ended even before the Empire was proclaimed.’
    • ‘It was also realized in both kingdoms that for changes to be implemented, there needed to be a period of peace.’
    • ‘As a consequence Egypt enjoyed long periods of peace when society advanced rapidly.’
    • ‘We were told that the end of the Cold War would bring a new period of peace and reduced military spending.’
    • ‘Other countries, including members of the European Union, may also be welcomed to play a role in monitoring any peace agreement.’
    • ‘The simple thirst for revenge on the part of a few could be enough to derail any peace agreements that might come about in the future.’
    • ‘With the comprehensive peace agreement, the suffering of our people will come to an end.’
    • ‘Neither party will trust the other to implement any peace agreement on its own.’
    • ‘It reopens the prospect of a period when resistance to imperialism is not about peace processes, but about struggle.’
    law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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    1. 2.1in singular A treaty agreeing peace between warring states.
      ‘support for a negotiated peace’
      • ‘Finally, in 1842, the Chinese were forced to agree to an ignomious peace under the Treaty of Nanking.’
      • ‘We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists' interest to agree on a genuine peace.’
      • ‘Now they have to prove that they have not only the will but the authority to end the violence and negotiate a compromise peace.’
      • ‘The selection committee nudges warring parties towards a peace that is achievable, but not quite achieved.’
      • ‘They negotiate a peace with the French, who agree in the hope of gaining future advantage.’
      • ‘Hungary, a German satellite in the war, tried, covertly, to negotiate a separate peace.’
      • ‘It also recommends concrete steps that need to be taken as part of the process of negotiating a lasting peace.’
      • ‘An uneasy peace was negotiated during the dying embers of Bonetti's reign.’
      • ‘The peace effectively reinstated the Treaty of Madrid but on more favourable terms for the French.’
      treaty, truce, ceasefire, armistice, cessation of hostilities, end of hostilities, suspension of hostilities, moratorium, agreement, alliance, concord, appeasement, reconciliation
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    2. 2.2The state of being free from civil disorder.
      ‘police action to restore peace’
      • ‘We know this fight is the way to defend the values that are at the basis of civil life and peace.’
      • ‘Contention leads to war, and war is the antithesis of civil peace.’
      • ‘To recognize the right to free association might have meant to deprive hundreds of millions of the right of civil peace.’
      • ‘Let us confirm our commitment to all civil rights and let us declare peace a civil right in a democracy, a human right in this world.’
      • ‘Meanwhile another, more ominous phantom revolution was threatening civil peace in Germany.’
      • ‘For civil peace - if not justice - to come about, the crimes and violence of the past have to be confronted.’
      • ‘It is the foundation of our priceless civil peace, which is the envy and wonder of the world.’
      • ‘He divided the prize money evenly among five organizations devoted to civil rights and peace.’
      • ‘Good relations with Elizabeth were vital to maintaining the civil peace in France.’
      • ‘The state relied on the clan for the maintenance of a minimum of civil peace, in exchange leaving it a free hand as far as internal politics were concerned.’
      • ‘It acknowledges the de facto separation of peoples in order to try to achieve civil peace.’
      • ‘A Council source revealed the investigation into the assault could take weeks to complete but moves have already been made to restore peace.’
      • ‘If he can do this, peace will be automatically restored!’
      • ‘This was 7.30 on a Saturday morning and we fought for an hour and a half, with the alarm sounding continually, to restore peace to the neighborhood.’
      • ‘Police officers who restored peace to the riot-torn streets of Bradford last year were also due to be honoured for their bravery last night.’
      • ‘The meeting was held to chalk out measures for restoring peace on the campus.’
      • ‘There are signs that peace has been restored and businesses are showing profits once again.’
      • ‘He said he hoped his visit would be a focal point for discussion of what the community could do to restore peace.’
      • ‘There were rumblings and grumblings at special meetings called by the church council in a vain bid to restore peace.’
      • ‘The king insists that he took direct control over the country's affairs to restore peace at a time when violence literally engulfed the kingdom.’
      law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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    3. 2.3The state of being free from dissension.
      ‘the 8.8 per cent offer promises peace with the union’
      • ‘They truly were in dire straights, and the offer of peace was very tempting.’
      • ‘The cash call smacks of poor taste, taking advantage of people's fears and anxieties by making promises of peace.’
  • 3the peaceA ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some Churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity.

    • ‘The incomprehensible sermon was long past, and the handshake of peace was next.’
    • ‘Big hugs or strong handshakes while sharing the peace can be painful for people with arthritis or rheumatic conditions.’
    • ‘Seek out those with disabilities when passing the peace and extend Christ's welcome.’

exclamation

  • 1US informal Used as a friendly greeting.

    1. 1.1also peace outUsed to express good wishes on parting.
  • 2archaic Used as an order to remain silent.

    ‘peace, be still!’

verb

[no object]informalUS peace out
  • Leave.

    ‘I woke up at seven, thanked my host, and peaced out’

Phrases

    make (one's) peace
    • Re-establish friendly relations.

      ‘he returned to the village to make peace with his mother’
      • ‘Eventually, Gideon makes his peace with his daughter, decides to quit the rat race, and disappears off into the sunset with Stella.’
      • ‘He did his best to console them and help them to make their peace with God.’
      • ‘I just need to make my peace with myself, my neighbour, my community and my earth.’
      • ‘When he died, her in-laws finally made their peace with her.’
      • ‘Most mainstream religious groups have long since made their peace with evolutionary theory.’
      • ‘These are people who have made their peace with capitalism and have given up on the ideas of their youth.’
      • ‘So in all the ensuing years have parents and children made their peace and found themselves on a common track?’
      • ‘I've made my peace with that, but it's taken a while.’
      • ‘Though I'm not sure Rebecca is my friend, since she's dating Jake I better make my peace with her.’
      • ‘I would make my peace with Josh and be the understanding friend I always was.’
    keep the peace
    • Refrain or prevent others from disturbing civil order.

      ‘the police must play a crucial role in keeping the peace’
      • ‘I compromised my own self in order to keep the peace and stave off confrontation.’
      • ‘It is the program that kept the peace for six years.’
      • ‘When I was a kid, the police in my town mostly kept the peace.’
      • ‘Well, first of all, let's remember that mutual deterrence and arms control has kept the peace for 50 years.’
      • ‘He's said nice, placatory things, and he's kept the peace, but we need more than that to drive the country forward.’
      • ‘She is a very level-headed, capable person and is good at keeping the peace.’
      • ‘I mean, they are experts in security and keeping the peace.’
      • ‘Occasionally, we may have to lend practical support for keeping the peace and protecting life and liberty in the face of internal and external aggression.’
      • ‘It is regrettable if she was upset by the incident, but the action was taken in the interests of keeping the peace.’
      • ‘Of the utmost importance to them here is keeping the peace.’
    hold one's peace
    • Remain silent about something.

      ‘he nodded indulgently at such pertness and obstinacy, but held his peace’
      • ‘At present I am biding my time, and holding my peace.’
      • ‘At this stage I believe a reviewer should hold his peace, at least until his readers can get to see the movie.’
      • ‘Too many, however, held their peace, at least until the next atrocity.’
      • ‘So please, if anyone has any ideas, anything at all, please share now or forever hold your peace.’
      • ‘So you had best hold your peace and bide your time.’
      • ‘It was starting to become annoying, but I tried to hold my peace.’
      • ‘When a reviewer has had his say about a book, by and large he should thereafter hold his peace.’
      • ‘Crew members growled unintelligible threats beneath their breath, yet held their peace.’
      • ‘But I'll admit, it was great to see him happy, so I held my peace.’
      • ‘I held my peace, knowing sadly that she spoke the truth.’
    at peace
    • 1euphemistic Free from anxiety or distress.

      ‘she had felt at peace, and strangely detached’
      • ‘Caring for my two pups helped me feel at peace and reduced my anxiety and depression.’
      • ‘And we want them to be safe, secure and at peace as well.’
      • ‘I'm feeling quiet inside, at peace, content in a way.’
      • ‘I enjoyed it so much and felt at peace and happy and calm.’
      • ‘Jane had a special fondness for gardening and was always at peace and content in her garden which she tended with such fond care.’
      • ‘I felt secure and at peace at my parents' palace.’
      • ‘Helen is placid and at peace, and very happy to see Jane.’
      • ‘All of a sudden I wanted to be where I felt calm and at peace.’
      • ‘The whole time she held me I felt so at peace, so secure, so loved I didn't want to ever let her down.’
      • ‘I can catch up on my rest later when I am more at peace.’
      1. 1.1Dead and therefore free from the difficulties of life.
        ‘He's at peace now, free of pain, free of the longing for supernatural rescue.’
        ‘Theresa is at peace now but the rest of you are all left with the sorrow and tragedy of her death.’
    • 2In a state of friendliness.

      ‘a man at peace with the world’
      • ‘I pray that we will live harmoniously and at peace with one another, regardless of which tradition or path we follow.’
      • ‘Just being around her best friend made her feel much more at peace with the world.’
      • ‘I pose that question to all of you since I firmly believe that your response will indicate whether you are at peace with God, with others and with yourself.’
      • ‘It was a tolerant place, where the Orthodox Christian majority lived at peace with its small Muslim minorities (as it still does).’
      • ‘Once we do that, we will be at peace with ourselves.’
      • ‘They would be at peace with each other and with non-Muslim nations.’
      • ‘I do not wish to quarrel with them, but to live as I have always done, at peace with them.’
      • ‘American courts tend to recognize and protect our right to travel to and in countries at peace with us, and they have had good reason to do so.’
      • ‘This image is not one of a warrior with anti-imperialist ideals, but of a civilized leader at peace with the West.’
      • ‘They began as revolutionary or radical attempts to reconstruct the world but became increasingly conservative and at peace with the world.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French pais, from Latin pax, pac- ‘peace’.

Pronunciation

peace

/piːs/