Definition of pacifist in English:

pacifist

noun

  • A person who believes that war and violence are unjustifiable.

    ‘she was a committed pacifist all her life’
    • ‘In ‘Work to Do’ he speaks out for the pacifists of the anti-war movement.’
    • ‘The head of a major labor confederation made the same request, adding that they should all march not as pacifists but as peaceable people.’
    • ‘In 1917, a mass movement led by socialists and pacifists called for a popular referendum on the question of going to war.’
    • ‘At the other extreme were the pacifists who rejected any form of violence, even in self-defence.’
    • ‘Some opponents of this war are genuine pacifists, and I respect their position.’
    peace-lover, conscientious objector, passive resister, peacemaker, peace-monger, appeaser, pacifier
    dove, peacenik
    conchie
    satyagrahi
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adjective

  • Holding the belief that war and violence are unjustifiable.

    • ‘It appears very fashionable these days to take a sort of pacifist line.’
    • ‘In the long view, I am a pacifist feminist.’
    • ‘The facts were reported in the pacifist press.’
    • ‘There was a wave of protests, mainly from Christian and pacifist groups, but as the shrine was then a private institution the government could not interfere.’
    • ‘The women from Oslo, and from northern Europe generally, had a strong pacifist mission.’
    • ‘He was a pacifist activist to the end, embodying an egoless spirit all too rare among well-known activist types.’
    • ‘In reality it is a pacifist position.’
    • ‘Not everyone walks around looking for approval from pacifist New Zealanders.’
    • ‘This was fortunate for him since, by this time, he held firm pacifist views.’
    • ‘The pacifist option was followed by only a small minority.’
    • ‘Pacifist feminists, for example, embraced their identity as mothers to justify their refusal to support the war.’
    • ‘Suddenly, bishops called upon their pacifist communities to take up swords and defend the Empire.’
    • ‘And not all residents of Steinbach would hold to a pacifist position.’
    • ‘If his pacifist views had been the predominant ones, at certain times, life would be very different now.’
    • ‘Unless of course it gets taken over by a pacifist collective dedicated to advancing the cause of world peace.’
    • ‘In the same year he defied his family's pacifist views and joined the army, arriving as a private in the trenches in 1916.’
    • ‘That, like the pacifist option, is the path of political suicide.’
    • ‘He also inherited a pacifist sensibility, which was why he refused to do National Service and worked instead as a hospital orderly for two years.’
    • ‘Critics say sending the troops violates Japan's pacifist constitution.’
    • ‘It allowed them to demonstrate their more anti-militarist and pacifist credentials.’

Pronunciation:

pacifist

/ˈpasəfəst/