One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A native or inhabitant of Cuba or the Philippines who, in the 1890s, did not actively support the uprisings against the Spanish government. Also occasionally more generally (informal): a pacifist.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Middletown (New York) Daily Argus. From Spanish pacifico, use as noun of pacifico peaceful, pacifist. With more general use perhaps compare politico, musico.
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