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a. A small flat tablet adorned with a sacred image that worshipers kiss when offered the kiss of peace.
b. The kiss of peace.
2. Pax A time of wide-ranging stability when there is only a single dominant power. Used with a Latinized name: "Editorials lauding the civilizing influence of Pax Britannica were met with ... a crushing disinterest from most of the public" (Nisid Hajari).
[Medieval Latin pāx, from Latin, peace; see pag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots. Sense 2, on the model of Late Latin pāx (Rōmāna), the Roman peace, state of security obtaining under Roman rule, alteration of Latin (Rōmāna) pāx.]
(Roman Catholic Church) chiefly RC Church
a. a greeting signifying Christian love transmitted from one to another of those assisting at the Eucharist; kiss of peace
b. a small metal or ivory plate, often with a representation of the Crucifixion, formerly used to convey the kiss of peace from the celebrant at Mass to those attending it, who kissed the plate in turn
school slang Brit a call signalling an end to hostilities or claiming immunity from the rules of a game: usually accompanied by a crossing of the fingers
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) the Roman goddess of peace. Greek counterpart: Irene
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a period of general peace, esp one in which there is one dominant nation
(Telecommunications) private automatic exchange
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|Noun||1.||pax - (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist|
greeting, salutation - (usually plural) an acknowledgment or expression of good will (especially on meeting)