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pac·i·fism

 (păs′ə-fĭz′əm)
n.
1. The belief that disputes between nations can and should be settled peacefully.
2.
a. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.
b. Such opposition demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action.

[French pacifisme, from pacifique, pacific; see pacific.]

pac′i·fist n.
pac′i·fis′tic adj.
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pacifism

(ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the belief that international disputes can be settled by arbitration rather than war
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pac•i•fism

(ˈpæs əˌfɪz əm)

n.
1. opposition to war or violence as a resort in the settlement of disputes.
2. refusal to engage in military activity because of one's principles or beliefs.
3. nonresistance.
[1905–10; < French pacifisme]
pac′i•fist, n., adj.
pac`i•fis′tic, adj.
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pacifism

1. an opposition to war or violence of any kind.
2. the principle or policy of establishing and maintaining universal peace.
3. nonresistance to aggression. Cf. bellicism.pacifist, n.pacifistic, adj.
See also: War
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pacifism - the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
2.pacifism - the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration
belief - any cognitive content held as true
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pacifism

noun peacemaking, non-violence, satyagraha, passive resistance His work is inspired by ideals of pacifism.
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Translations
مُسالمه، مَذْهب السّلام
pacifismus
pacifisme
pacifizmus
friîarstefna
pacifizmus
barışseverliksavaş aleyhtarlığı

pacifism

[ˈpæsɪfɪzəm] Npacifismo m
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pacifism

[ˈpæsɪfɪzəm] npacifisme f
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pacifism

nPazifismus m
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pacifism

[ˈpæsɪˌfɪzm] npacifismo
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pacify

(ˈpӕsifai) verb
to make calm or peaceful. She tried to pacify the quarrelling children.
ˌpacifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
ˈpacifism noun
the belief that all war is wrong and that one must not take part in it.
ˈpacifist noun
a person who believes in pacifism. As a pacifist he refused to fight in the war.
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Pacifism, Politics, and Feminism: Intersections and Innovations
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Ideas about pacifism are discussed among the students, with Aidan's Quaker faith, Nola with a brother serving in Afghanistan, and Chloe's extreme rightwing views all put into context.
Dalloway, The Years, and "Thoughts on Peace in an Air Raid" constitute Saint-Amour's air raid archipelago through which he reads Woolf's pacifism as inseparable from the discourse of total war thus challenging Alex Zwerdling's claim that Woolf's pacifism constituted an "'involuntary revulsion for the whole business'" (qtd.
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They are a corrective to the limitations of Japan's resolutely passive form of pacifism, which were exposed during the Gulf War of 1990-1991, when Japan - forbidden by its own laws from sending any troops to support the United States-led coalition - was reduced to contributing only through checkbook diplomacy.
Yet how are we to deal with a world where pacifism brings extinction?
It addresses challenging topics, such as the relationship between Christian just war theory and international law, the tension between Dietrich Bonhoeffer's pacifism and his association with the plot to assassinate Hitler, and the emergence of Jus post bellum and just peacemaking theory.