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peace

 (pēs)
n.
1. The absence of war or other hostilities.
2. An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities: negotiated the peace.
3. Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations: roommates living in peace with each other.
4. Public security and order: was arrested for disturbing the peace.
5. Inner contentment; serenity: peace of mind.
interj.
Used as a greeting, a farewell, or a request for silence.
Idioms:
at peace
1. In a state of tranquility; serene: She is at peace with herself and her friends.
2. Free from strife: Everyone wants to live in a world at peace.
keep/hold (one's) peace
To be silent.
keep the peace
To maintain or observe law and order: officers who were sworn to keep the peace.
peace out Slang
Used to express "goodbye."

[Middle English pes, from Old French pais, pes, from Latin pāx, pāc-; see pax.]

peace

(piːs)
n
1.
a. the state existing during the absence of war
b. (as modifier): peace negotiations.
2. (modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peace: peace women.
3. (often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
4. a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
5. law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbance: a breach of the peace.
6. absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
7. a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
8. at peace
a. in a state of harmony or friendship
b. in a state of serenity
c. dead: the old lady is at peace now.
9. hold one's peace keep one's peace to keep silent
10. (Law) keep the peace to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
11. make one's peace with to become reconciled with
12. make peace to bring hostilities to an end
vb
(intr) chiefly obsolete to be or become silent or still
[C12: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx]

peace

(pis)

n., interj., v. peaced, peac•ing. n.
1. freedom from war; a cessation or absence of hostilities between nations.
2. a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from dissension.
3. freedom from civil commotion; public order and security.
4. freedom from anxiety, annoyance, or other mental disturbance: peace of mind.
5. a state of tranquillity or serenity.
6. silence; stillness.
7. (often cap.) an agreement or treaty that ends a war or hostilities.
interj.
8. (used to express greeting or farewell or to request silence.)
v.i.
9. Obs. to be or become silent.
Idioms:
1. at peace,
a. untroubled; tranquil.
b. deceased.
2. hold or keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent.
3. keep the peace,
a. to maintain public order.
b. to prevent discord.
4. make one's peace with, to become reconciled with or to.
5. make peace, to arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
[1125–75; Middle English pes < Anglo-French; Old French pais, earlier paiz < Latin pācem, acc. of pāx; akin to pact]

Peace

 

(See also PLACATION.)

all quiet on the Potomac A period of peace during a war; any time marked by the absence of fighting or quarreling. This expression (now used ironically or humorously) is generally thought to have originated and gained currency during the Civil War. It appeared as early as 1861 in an article by E. L. Beers in Harper’s Weekly. Simon Cameron, then Secretary of War, frequently used the phrase in his bulletins reporting the state of the war. Its origin has also been attributed to General George McClellan.

all quiet on the Western Front Peaceful, calm. This phrase is an update of the earlier all quiet on the Potomac. It was the official statement issued each day by the War Department during the periods of relatively little trench fighting in World War I.

bury the hatchet To lay down arms, to cease fighting, to make peace; also to bury the ax or tomahawk. The allusion is to the North American Indian custom of burying tomahawks, scalping-knives, and war clubs as a sign of good faith when concluding a peace. The procedure is described by Washington Irving in Adventures of Captain Bonneville (1837):

The chiefs met; the amicable pipe was smoked, the hatchet buried, and peace formally proclaimed.

The expression dates from the late 1600s. See also take up the hatchet, COMBAT.

calm before the storm A period of relative peacefulness preceding an outbreak of confusion and tumult; the quiet and sane minutes just before chaos erupts. A drop in the barometric pressure prior to a thunderstorm produces an uncomfortable, almost eerie feeling of calmness. This meterological phenomenon has given rise to the popular expression calm before the storm.

dove A pacifist, one who opposes war, in contrast to a “hawk,” who advocates a belligerent, warlike policy; one who favors negotiation and compromise as a means of resolving differences. The dove has been a symbol of peace in art and literature since Noah sent a dove from the ark to see if the waters had abated (Genesis 8:8-12). Dove referring to an antiwar advocate gained currency in 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and eventually became the label for those advocating withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam.

The hawks favored an air strike to eliminate the Cuban missile bases…. The doves opposed the air strikes and favored a blockade. (Alsop and Bartlett in Saturday Evening Post, December 8, 1962)

halcyon days A time of peace and prosperity; palmy or golden days. The halcyon was a bird, usually identified as a type of kingfisher, which bred in nests floating on the sea. The ancients believed that these birds charmed the winds and waves of the sea into tranquillity during their breeding season.

Thus, halycon days originally referred to the two weeks of calm weather about the time of the winter solstice during which the halcyons bred. The current, figurative sense of halcyon days dates from the latter half of the 16th century.

hold out the olive branch To make an overture for peace; to indicate one’s peaceful intentions. Long considered a token or symbol of peace, the olive branch was represented as such in Genesis 8:11:

And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.

A more recent example of its use appears below:

My mother … had first tendered the olive branch, which had been accepted. (Frederick Marryat, Percival Keene, 1837)

Today this phrase still frequently appears in formal contexts.

raise the white flag See SUBMISSION.

peace


Past participle: peaced
Gerund: peacing

Imperative
peace
peace
Present
I peace
you peace
he/she/it peaces
we peace
you peace
they peace
Preterite
I peaced
you peaced
he/she/it peaced
we peaced
you peaced
they peaced
Present Continuous
I am peacing
you are peacing
he/she/it is peacing
we are peacing
you are peacing
they are peacing
Present Perfect
I have peaced
you have peaced
he/she/it has peaced
we have peaced
you have peaced
they have peaced
Past Continuous
I was peacing
you were peacing
he/she/it was peacing
we were peacing
you were peacing
they were peacing
Past Perfect
I had peaced
you had peaced
he/she/it had peaced
we had peaced
you had peaced
they had peaced
Future
I will peace
you will peace
he/she/it will peace
we will peace
you will peace
they will peace
Future Perfect
I will have peaced
you will have peaced
he/she/it will have peaced
we will have peaced
you will have peaced
they will have peaced
Future Continuous
I will be peacing
you will be peacing
he/she/it will be peacing
we will be peacing
you will be peacing
they will be peacing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been peacing
you have been peacing
he/she/it has been peacing
we have been peacing
you have been peacing
they have been peacing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been peacing
you will have been peacing
he/she/it will have been peacing
we will have been peacing
you will have been peacing
they will have been peacing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been peacing
you had been peacing
he/she/it had been peacing
we had been peacing
you had been peacing
they had been peacing
Conditional
I would peace
you would peace
he/she/it would peace
we would peace
you would peace
they would peace
Past Conditional
I would have peaced
you would have peaced
he/she/it would have peaced
we would have peaced
you would have peaced
they would have peaced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peace - the state prevailing during the absence of warpeace - the state prevailing during the absence of war
order - established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
amity - a state of friendship and cordiality
armistice, cease-fire, truce - a state of peace agreed to between opponents so they can discuss peace terms
conciliation - the state of manifesting goodwill and cooperation after being reconciled; "there was a brief period of conciliation but the fighting soon resumed"
collective security - a system for international peace
Pax Romana - the Roman peace; the long period of peace enforced on states in the Roman Empire
state of war, war - a legal state created by a declaration of war and ended by official declaration during which the international rules of war apply; "war was declared in November but actual fighting did not begin until the following spring"
2.peace - harmonious relations; freedom from disputes; "the roommates lived in peace together"
concordance, concord, harmony - a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole
3.peace - the absence of mental stress or anxietypeace - the absence of mental stress or anxiety
quietude, quietness, tranquillity, tranquility - a state of peace and quiet
4.peace - the general security of public placespeace - the general security of public places; "he was arrested for disturbing the peace"
security - the state of being free from danger or injury; "we support the armed services in the name of national security"
5.peace - a treaty to cease hostilitiespeace - a treaty to cease hostilities; "peace came on November 11th"
pact, treaty, accord - a written agreement between two states or sovereigns

peace

noun
2. stillness, rest, quiet, silence, calm, hush, tranquillity, seclusion, repose, calmness, peacefulness, quietude, restfulness All I want is a bit of peace and quiet.
3. serenity, calm, relaxation, composure, contentment, repose, equanimity, peacefulness, placidity, harmoniousness People always felt a sense of peace in her company.
4. harmony, accord, agreement, concord, amity a period of relative peace in the country's industrial relations
hold your peace say nothing, be silent, keep quiet, hold your tongue He disagreed, but diplomatically held his peace.
Related words
adjective irenic or eirenic
Quotations
"Peace hath her victories"
"No less renowned than war" [John Milton Sonnet, To the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652]
"Let him who desires peace, prepare for war" [Vegetius De Re Militari]
"Peace is not the absence of war. Lasting peace is rooted in justice" [David Trimble]
"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom" [Malcolm X Prospects for Peace in 1965]
"If peace cannot be maintained with honour, it is no longer peace" [Lord John Russell speech]
"In the arts of peace Man is a bungler" [George Bernard Shaw Man and Superman]
"the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" Bible: Philippians
"They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks" Bible: Isaiah
"War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading" [Thomas Hardy The Dynasts]
"peace: in international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]

peace

noun
Translations
vrede
سلامسَلامسَلَامٌهُدوء
mírklidpokoj
fredrosindsrosjælefredfreds-
paco
آرامش
rauharauhallisuusharmoniahiljaisuus
mir
békességnyugalombéke
friðartímifriðurfriîurfriîur, ró, næîi
平穏
평화
pax
dvasios ramybėramybėjesudaryti taikąsusitaikymo ženklastaika
miersklusums
pace
miermierovýpokoj
mir
cпокоjpokojмирспокоjспокоjствo
fred
ความสงบเรียบร้อย
hoà bìnhhòa bìnhsự yên tĩnhtrật tựyên ổn

peace

[piːs]
A. N
1.paz f
2.
to be at peace (euph) (= dead) → descansar en paz
Egypt is at peace with IsraelEgipto está en paz con Israel
a world at peaceun mundo donde reine la paz or donde haya paz
I am at peace with my conscienceestoy en paz con mi conciencia
to be at peace with o.sestar en paz consigo mismo
we come in peace (o.f., also hum) → venimos en son de paz
to disturb the peaceperturbar la paz (Jur) → alterar el orden público
he gave her no peace until she agreedno la dejó tranquila or en paz hasta que accedió
to hold or keep one's peaceguardar silencio
speak now or forever hold your peacehable ahora o calle para siempre
to keep the peace (gen) → mantener la paz or el orden (Jur) [citizen] → respetar el orden público; [police] → mantener el orden público
to leave sb in peacedejar a algn tranquilo or en paz
to live in peace (with sb)vivir en paz (con algn)
to make peace (with sb)hacer las paces (con algn)
peace of mindtranquilidad f (de espíritu)
anything for the sake of peace and quietlo que sea por un poco de tranquilidad
the peace and quiet of the woodsla tranquilidad del bosque
in times of peaceen tiempos de paz
see also breach A1
see also rest 1 C1
B. CPD [agreement, plan, settlement] → de paz; [campaign, conference] → por la paz
peace camp Ncampamento m por la paz
peace campaigner N persona que participa en una campaña por la paz
peace conference Nconferencia f de paz
Peace Corps N (US) → Cuerpo m de Paz
peace dividend Nbeneficios mpl reportados por la paz
peace initiative Niniciativa f de paz
peace movement Nmovimiento m pacifista
peace offering N (fig) → prenda f de paz
peace pipe Npipa f de la paz
the peace process Nel proceso de paz
peace settlement Nacuerdo m de paz
peace sign Nseñal f de paz
peace studies NPL (Univ) → estudios mpl de la paz
peace talks NPLnegociaciones fpl por la paz
peace treaty Ntratado m de paz

peace

[ˈpiːs]
n
(not conflict)paix f
to make peace → faire la paix
to make peace with sb (= end quarrel) → faire la paix avec qn
to be at peace with sb/sth → être en paix avec qn/qch
(= calm) → calme m, tranquillité f
to feel at peace → se sentir calme
to be at peace with the world (= perfectly calm) → être parfaitement serein(e)
may she rest in peace [dead person] → paix à son âme peace of mind
to keep the peace [policeman] → assurer le maintien de l'ordre; [citizen] → ne pas troubler l'ordre; (gen)
How did your mother succeed in keeping the peace between you? → Comment votre mère faisait-elle pour vous empêcher de vous disputer?
(= silence) to hold one's peace, to keep one's peace (= keep quiet) → garder le silence
modif [effort, negotiations, initiative, deal] → de paix peace activist, peace campaigner, peace conference

peace

n
(= freedom from war)Frieden m, → Friede m (geh); the Versailles etc peaceder Friede von Versailles etc; a man of peaceein friedfertiger or friedliebender Mensch; to be at peace with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw in Frieden leben; the two countries are now at peacezwischen den beiden Ländern herrscht jetzt Frieden; to be at peace with oneself/the worldmit sich (dat)selbst/mit der Welt in Frieden leben; to make one’s peace with the worldseinen Frieden mit der Welt schließen; he is at peace (euph: = dead) → er ruht in Frieden; to hold or keep one’s peace (dated)schweigen; to make (one’s) peace (with somebody)sich (mit jdm) versöhnen or aussöhnen; to make (one’s) peace with oneselfmit sich (dat)selbst ins Reine kommen; to make peace between …Frieden stiften zwischen (+dat)
(Jur) → öffentliche (Ruhe und) Ordnung; the (King’s/Queen’s) peace (Jur) → die öffentliche Ordnung; to keep the peace (Jur) (demonstrator, citizen)die öffentliche Ordnung wahren; (policeman)die öffentliche Ordnung aufrechterhalten; (fig)Frieden bewahren
(= tranquillity, quiet)Ruhe f; peace of mindinnere Ruhe, Seelenfrieden m; the Peace of Godder Friede Gottes, Gottes Friede; peace and quietRuhe und Frieden; to give somebody some peacejdn in Ruhe or Frieden lassen; to give somebody no peacejdm keine Ruhe lassen; to get some/no peacezur Ruhe/nicht zur Ruhe kommen

peace

:
peace campaign
nFriedenskampagne f
peace campaigner
nFriedenskämpfer(in) m(f)
peace conference
Peace Corps
n (US) → Friedenskorps nt
peace dividend
nFriedensdividende f

peace

:
peace initiative
nFriedensinitiative f
peacekeeper
nFriedenswächter(in) m(f)
peacekeeping
adj role, forcezur Friedenssicherung; peace troopsFriedenstruppen pl; UN troops have a purely peace roledie UN-Truppen sind eine reine Friedenstruppe; a peace operationMaßnahmen plzur Sicherung des Friedens
peace-loving
adjfriedliebend
peacemaker
nFriedensstifter(in) m(f)
peacemaking
adj rolefriedensstiftend; peace effortsFriedensbemühungen pl; peace processFriedensprozess m
peace movement

peace

:
peace offensive
peace offering
nFriedensangebot nt; (fig)Versöhnungsgeschenk nt
peace pipe
peace process
nFriedensprozess m
peace studies
plFriedensforschung f
peace talks
peacetime
adjin Friedenszeiten

peace

[piːs] n (gen) → pace f
to be at peace with sb/sth → essere in pace con qn/qc
he is at peace (euph) (dead) → riposa in pace
to make peace between → rappacificare
to make one's peace with → fare la pace con
peace of mind → tranquillità di spirito
peace and quiet → pace e tranquillità
to keep the peace (subj, policeman) → mantenere l'ordine pubblico (citizen) → rispettare l'ordine pubblico (fig) → calmare le acque

peace

(piːs) noun
1. (sometimes with a) (a time of) freedom from war; (a treaty or agreement which brings about) the end or stopping of a war. Does our country want peace or war?; (also adjective) a peace treaty.
2. freedom from disturbance; quietness. I need some peace and quiet.
ˈpeaceable adjective
liking peace; not fighting, quarrelling etc. He's a peaceable person.
ˈpeaceably adverb
ˈpeaceful adjective
quiet; calm; without worry or disturbance. It's very peaceful in the country.
ˈpeacefully adverb
ˈpeacefulness noun
ˈpeacemaker noun
a person who tries to make peace between enemies, people who are quarrelling etc. When my brother and sister quarrel I act as peacemaker.
ˈpeace-offering noun
something offered or given to make peace. She took him a drink as a peace-offering.
ˈpeacetime noun
a time when there is no war. Even in peacetime, a soldier's life is hard.
at peace
not at war; not fighting. The two countries were at peace.
in peace
1. without disturbance. Why can't you leave me in peace?
2. not wanting to fight. They said they came in peace.
make peace
to agree to end a war. The two countries finally made peace (with each other).
peace of mind
freedom from worry etc.

peace

سَلَامٌ mír fred Friede ειρήνη paz rauha paix mir pace 平穏 평화 vrede fred cisza paz мир fred ความสงบเรียบร้อย barış sự yên tĩnh 和平

peace

n. paz;
___ of mindtranquilidad de espíritu;
v.
to be at ___estar en paz, tranquilizarse;
to keep, to hold one's ___quedarse tranquilo-a.

peace

n paz f; — of mind tranquilidad f (mental)
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