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1. Undisturbed by strife, turmoil, or disagreement; tranquil: a peaceful hike through the forest. See Synonyms at calm.
2. Inclined or disposed to peace; peaceable: a peaceful solution to the dispute.
3. Not involving violence or employing force: a peaceful protest.

peace′ful·ly adv.
peace′ful·ness n.
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  1. (There was) an ease of mind that was like being alone in a boat at sea —Wallace Stevens

    This is the first line of Prologues to What is Possible, a poem studded with additional similes.

  2. Had a certain peace, like a stone that wouldn’t roll any more —Paul Horgan
  3. Inner serenity is a lot like grace under pressure except that it’s all going on inside where people might not notice and give you credit —Judith Viorst
  4. Like a stone thrown into the smooth water of a spring, I had disturbed their peace —Mihail Lermontov
  5. Like the course of the heavenly bodies, harmony in national life is a resultant of the struggle between contending forces —Justice Louis D. Brandeis


  6. A peace deep as death —Daniela Gioseffi
  7. Peaceful as a breast —Kenneth Patchen
  8. Peaceful as a church —Raymond Chandler
  9. Peaceful as a leaf with its superhuman silence —Daniela Gioseffi
  10. Peaceful as Socrates —Anon
  11. Peaceful … like a child asleep —Phyllis Roberts
  12. Peaceful, like being in a time machine —Lee Smith
  13. Peaceful like New Year’s —Carlos Baker
  14. Peaceful like warm Summer nights —Amy Lowell
  15. Peace, like a mask, hides everything —Edwin Arlington Robinson
  16. Peace, like charity, begins at home —Franklin D. Roosevelt


  17. Peace, like war, can succeed only where there is a will to enforce it, and where there is available power to enforce it —Franklin D. Roosevelt, October 21, 1944 speech to Foreign Policy Association
  18. Peacemaking is hard … hard almost as war —Daniel Berrigan

    The simile comprises the title and first line of a poem.

    See Also: DIFFICULTY

  19. Peace was over her … like a mantle —Madeleine L’Engle
  20. Peace will, like a broken limb united, grow stronger for the breaking —William Shakespeare
  21. [A vacation] quiet and pleasant and womblike as a slow bath in a tub of warm water —Harvey Swados
  22. Restful as a Rembrandt background —George Ade
  23. Rest like lizards on rocks —Etheridge Knight
  24. (Maybe it will emerge,) serene and smiling, like Daniel from the lion’s den —Floyd K. Haskell, on tax reform, New York Times/Op-Ed, January 17, 1986
  25. Serene as a snowman’s smile —Julie Hayden
  26. Serene as jade buddhas —Marge Piercy
  27. Soothing … as waves along a shore —John Gardner
  28. Still and quiet, like a good conscience —Frank Swinnerton
  29. Tranquility pushed their anxieties away, like a man finding a place for himself on a crowded bench —W. Somerset Maugham
  30. Tranquilizing murmur [of voice] like the music of a dream —Elinor Wylie
  31. Tranquilly like the rise and fall of sand dunes —Yukio Mishima
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.peacefulness - a state that is calm and tranquil
amity - a state of friendship and cordiality
mollification - a state of being appeased or ameliorated or tempered
2.peacefulness - the absence of mental stress or anxietypeacefulness - the absence of mental stress or anxiety
quietude, quietness, tranquillity, tranquility - a state of peace and quiet
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1. Lack of emotional agitation:
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[ˈpiːsfʊlnɪs] N (= calmness) → tranquilidad f, paz f; (= non-violent nature) → carácter m pacífico
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nFriedlichkeit f; (of person, nation)Friedfertigkeit f, → Friedensliebe f; (of place, holiday, sleep)Ruhe f; (of death)Sanftheit f; the peacefulness of the demonstrationder friedliche Charakter der Demonstration; the peacefulness of a summer’s eveningdie friedliche Atmosphäre eines Sommerabends
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[ˈpiːsfʊlnɪs] ntranquillità, pace f
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
The rush of the water and the booming of the mill bring a dreamy deafness, which seems to heighten the peacefulness of the scene.
As he walked, the peacefulness of the morning came upon him, and brought back to his memory the early days so long ago when he had roamed these same glades with Marian.
He has a power likewise of realizing and conveying to the consciousness of his reader abstract and elementary impressions, silence, darkness, absolute motionlessness, or, again, the whole complex sentiment of a particular place, the abstract expression of desolation in the long [99] white road, of peacefulness in a particular folding of the hills.
Here no wind beats roughly, and neither rain nor snow can fall; but it abides in everlasting sunshine and in a great peacefulness of light, wherein the blessed gods are illumined for ever and ever.
Adam explained that he had not told his wife that he was going over the horrible places again, lest it should frighten her, for the rest and sleep in ignorance would help her and make a gap of peacefulness between the horrors.
They were indisposed to stir abroad, and the day passed, and the night following, and the next, and next; till, almost without their being aware, five days had slipped by in absolute seclusion, not a sight or sound of a human being disturbing their peacefulness, such as it was.
A feeling of dreamy peacefulness stole over Jane as she sank down upon the grass where Tarzan had placed her, and as she looked up at his great figure towering above her, there was added a strange sense of perfect security.
My free hand I held above my head, palm out, in token of the peacefulness of my mission.
Next morning when the sun was shining brightly, and the clear church bells were ringing, and sedate people in their best clothes enlivened the pathway near at hand and dotted the distant thread of road, there was a pleasant Sabbath peacefulness on everything, which it was good to feel.
He felt a little vexed, for his brother's sake, and he could not help thinking regretfully how Dinah, as Seth's wife, would have made their home as happy as it could be for them all--how she was the one being that would have soothed their mother's last days into peacefulness and rest.
A solemn peacefulness seemed to reign in that lobby.
The waning sun was shining faintly through thin white clouds--the air was warm and still--the peacefulness of the lonely country was overshadowed and saddened by the influence of the falling year.