Definition of pacifism in US English:

pacifism

noun

  • The belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.

    ‘there remains a powerful undercurrent of pacifism’
    ‘the case for absolute pacifism’
    • ‘As a Quaker, Kevin Clements is dedicated to pacifism and humanitarian service.’
    • ‘As a result, postwar peace movements have abandoned pacifism as a central aspect of their beliefs.’
    • ‘He and I can agree in our respect for a consistent and conscientious pacifism.’
    • ‘The society embraced peace advocates of every persuasion, although in the 1840s it found the attraction of absolute pacifism very strong.’
    • ‘Together with a concrete declaration in favour of participation in the war, the motion then also included an abstract reference to pacifism.’
    • ‘Nonresistant sects, notably Mennonites and Brethren, also developed active forms of pacifism such as humanitarian service for war victims.’
    • ‘Buddhism is also associated with vegetarianism and pacifism.’
    • ‘It was at times a popular pacifism, stemming from the experience of the First World War, and based on the harsh experience that it was the working class which suffered most when war was declared by their rulers.’
    • ‘The logic of this argument is that the only policy compatible with neutrality is absolute pacifism.’
    • ‘This isn't pacifism though - they're just saying they would have liked to hand down to us a world of peace.’
    • ‘For our purposes, there are two main categories - absolute and conditional pacifism.’
    • ‘The Angry Penguins had no coherent political outlook and the Boyd family circle espoused a confused mixture of liberal humanism and religious pacifism.’
    • ‘A very moderate pacifism was, in fact, the common denominator of the demonstrators and the varied organisations.’
    • ‘There is not a trace left of the ideals it once propagated: pacifism, civil rights and protection of the environment.’
    • ‘Mongeau prefers the term antimilitarism, rather than pacifism, for the alleged national character trait.’
    • ‘During World War I, her activism for pacifism grew, and in 1919 she helped to found the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.’
    • ‘Suddenly it is not so clear where one draws the line between courage and recklessness, persistence and fatalism, pacifism and passivity, war and revenge.’
    • ‘Neither the militarism nor the pacifism of that earlier conflict was echoed now.’
    • ‘There's a difference between peacemaking and pacifism.’
    • ‘A third expression of pacifism has been nonviolent direct action for justice.’
    peacemaking, conscientious objection, conscientious objections, passive resistance, love of peace, peace-mongering
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Origin

Early 20th century: from French pacifisme, from pacifier ‘pacify’.

Pronunciation

pacifism

/ˈpasəˌfizəm//ˈpæsəˌfɪzəm/