Definition of peace in US English:

peace

noun

  • 1Freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.

    ‘you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion’
    • ‘Right now, it's telling me that I've enjoyed dropping out of the rat race over the festive period, savouring peace, relaxation and sleep.’
    • ‘For three noisy, polluted decades they have campaigned for the bypass which would restore their village's peace and safety.’
    • ‘It was as if it had suddenly tasted peace and freedom after the tumult and congestion of Italy.’
    • ‘Even so I seemed at every point of contact to be surrounded by abrasive people intent on disturbing my peace, my comfort, and my equable nature.’
    • ‘The centre offers a place of peace and hope for those who are on the road to recovery.’
    • ‘Now my Sundays are for worship, family, friends, reading, rest, and relaxation-such freedom and peace.’
    • ‘We offer peace and quiet, no resident children, structured control and security.’
    • ‘The right to enter a church, to worship, say a prayer, soak up the atmosphere and to find a few moments' peace should be free to all.’
    • ‘He said the number of visitors also had a social impact, both on other visitors who went in search of peace and tranquillity, and on the local population.’
    • ‘But that period of peace from the media will now come to an abrupt end.’
    • ‘This would be followed by a short period of peace with respite from the pressure inside his head.’
    • ‘There was just something about her that radiated peace, tranquility, and that made her very popular.’
    • ‘But you need only step a few streets away from the beach for the cacophony to subside and for peace to be restored.’
    • ‘All we can give them is honor for their sacrifice, and freedom and peace for their families.’
    • ‘A way of life beckons that promises peace in a beautiful place, where the weather is kind, wine plentiful, and food exquisite.’
    tranquillity, calm, calmness, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness, quietude, silence, soundlessness, hush, noiselessness, stillness, still
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    1. 1.1 Mental calm; serenity.
      ‘the peace of mind this insurance gives you’
      • ‘Perhaps the highest price is the loss of happiness, the inability to achieve peace of mind.’
      • ‘From the layman's point of view, a spiritual life gives you calmness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘And would he trade his musical style for more peace of mind?’
      • ‘For her the children always came first, well before her own happiness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘This guilt started affecting my work, my peace of mind.’
      • ‘Having a forgiving spirit is one formula to peace of mind, happiness and good health.’
      • ‘Incredible calm and peace of mind come from living in a beautifully organized home.’
      • ‘If only peace of mind were so easily attainable.’
      • ‘It will definitely help bring some peace of mind to law-abiding citizens who are rightfully concerned about the safety of their children.’
      • ‘Would this move bring me the happiness and peace of mind that I feel I have needed recently?’
      • ‘We are increasing our budget for next year to prevent crime and to give customers peace of mind.’
      • ‘No longer a primary source of food, our gardens may exist simply for pleasure and peace of mind.’
      • ‘The benefits, they say, include improved health, greater energy, stress relief and peace of mind.’
      • ‘It would definitely bring the much needed peace of mind.’
      • ‘Recognizing your inner beauty is the true key to peace of mind.’
      • ‘If this money won't buy me happiness, at least it can give me some peace of mind.’
      • ‘Mental illness can rob a person of peace of mind, relationships, and sense of purpose in life.’
      • ‘It also has everything you need for complete peace of mind.’
      • ‘We spend our lives in pursuit of happiness and peace of mind.’
      • ‘Victory over enemies will give you satisfaction and peace of mind, but beware of discord in the family.’
      serenity, peacefulness, tranquillity, equanimity, calm, calmness, composure, placidity, placidness, rest, repose, ease, comfort, contentment, content, contentedness, security
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  • 2A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended.

    ‘the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace’
    in singular ‘the peace didn't last’
    • ‘Yes, there were aberrations like the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, but mostly it was a period of peace.’
    • ‘The simple thirst for revenge on the part of a few could be enough to derail any peace agreements that might come about in the future.’
    • ‘It also tells us that there was a long period of peace as the men were not needed to fight in any wars.’
    • ‘It reopens the prospect of a period when resistance to imperialism is not about peace processes, but about struggle.’
    • ‘War had resumed on the continent in 1805, though the period of peace with Britain had ended even before the Empire was proclaimed.’
    • ‘The prolonged period of peace in Europe has created a dangerous temptation to neglect our defences, both physical and psychological.’
    • ‘Neither party will trust the other to implement any peace agreement on its own.’
    • ‘We were told that the end of the Cold War would bring a new period of peace and reduced military spending.’
    • ‘Great prosperity at home and peace abroad enshrine the current period as a golden age in the nation's history.’
    • ‘Private property and relative freedom to trade gave humanity the longest period of peace in history.’
    • ‘That's what I think Americans can do with this providential period of prosperity and peace.’
    • ‘For China, reform and development require a long period of peace.’
    • ‘It had gained respect and authority by ushering in a period of peace and stability in the city.’
    • ‘With the comprehensive peace agreement, the suffering of our people will come to an end.’
    • ‘Both kenjutsu and jujutsu aimed at being self defence martial arts during the period of peace.’
    • ‘It was also realized in both kingdoms that for changes to be implemented, there needed to be a period of peace.’
    • ‘As a consequence Egypt enjoyed long periods of peace when society advanced rapidly.’
    • ‘Other countries, including members of the European Union, may also be welcomed to play a role in monitoring any peace agreement.’
    • ‘The resulting peace agreement included a six-year interim period before a vote on independence.’
    • ‘The island, as a whole, is enjoying a sustained period of peace as we face the new century for the first time in decades.’
    law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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    1. 2.1in singular A treaty agreeing to the cessation of war between warring states.
      ‘support for a negotiated peace’
      • ‘They negotiate a peace with the French, who agree in the hope of gaining future advantage.’
      • ‘If Israelis and Palestinians are unwilling or unable to negotiate a workable peace, the international community must take the lead in promoting one.’
      • ‘It also recommends concrete steps that need to be taken as part of the process of negotiating a lasting peace.’
      • ‘Now they have to prove that they have not only the will but the authority to end the violence and negotiate a compromise peace.’
      • ‘An uneasy peace was negotiated during the dying embers of Bonetti's reign.’
      • ‘Hungary, a German satellite in the war, tried, covertly, to negotiate a separate peace.’
      • ‘The peace effectively reinstated the Treaty of Madrid but on more favourable terms for the French.’
      • ‘The selection committee nudges warring parties towards a peace that is achievable, but not quite achieved.’
      • ‘Finally, in 1842, the Chinese were forced to agree to an ignomious peace under the Treaty of Nanking.’
      • ‘We must conduct our affairs in such a way that it becomes in the Communists' interest to agree on a genuine peace.’
      treaty, truce, ceasefire, armistice, cessation of hostilities, end of hostilities, suspension of hostilities, moratorium, agreement, alliance, concord, appeasement, reconciliation
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    2. 2.2 Freedom from civil disorder.
      ‘police action to restore peace’
      • ‘The meeting was held to chalk out measures for restoring peace on the campus.’
      • ‘The king insists that he took direct control over the country's affairs to restore peace at a time when violence literally engulfed the kingdom.’
      • ‘The state relied on the clan for the maintenance of a minimum of civil peace, in exchange leaving it a free hand as far as internal politics were concerned.’
      • ‘Contention leads to war, and war is the antithesis of civil peace.’
      • ‘To recognize the right to free association might have meant to deprive hundreds of millions of the right of civil peace.’
      • ‘Meanwhile another, more ominous phantom revolution was threatening civil peace in Germany.’
      • ‘Good relations with Elizabeth were vital to maintaining the civil peace in France.’
      • ‘This was 7.30 on a Saturday morning and we fought for an hour and a half, with the alarm sounding continually, to restore peace to the neighborhood.’
      • ‘There were rumblings and grumblings at special meetings called by the church council in a vain bid to restore peace.’
      • ‘If he can do this, peace will be automatically restored!’
      • ‘He said he hoped his visit would be a focal point for discussion of what the community could do to restore peace.’
      • ‘Police officers who restored peace to the riot-torn streets of Bradford last year were also due to be honoured for their bravery last night.’
      • ‘Let us confirm our commitment to all civil rights and let us declare peace a civil right in a democracy, a human right in this world.’
      • ‘It is the foundation of our priceless civil peace, which is the envy and wonder of the world.’
      • ‘He divided the prize money evenly among five organizations devoted to civil rights and peace.’
      • ‘For civil peace - if not justice - to come about, the crimes and violence of the past have to be confronted.’
      • ‘We know this fight is the way to defend the values that are at the basis of civil life and peace.’
      • ‘A Council source revealed the investigation into the assault could take weeks to complete but moves have already been made to restore peace.’
      • ‘There are signs that peace has been restored and businesses are showing profits once again.’
      • ‘It acknowledges the de facto separation of peoples in order to try to achieve civil peace.’
      law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony, harmoniousness, accord, concord, amity, amicableness, goodwill, friendship, cordiality, non-aggression, non-violence
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    3. 2.3 Freedom from dispute or dissension between individuals or groups.
      ‘the 8.8 percent offer that promises peace with the board’
      • ‘They truly were in dire straights, and the offer of peace was very tempting.’
      • ‘The cash call smacks of poor taste, taking advantage of people's fears and anxieties by making promises of peace.’
  • 3the peaceA ceremonial handshake or kiss exchanged during a service in some Churches (now usually only in the Eucharist), symbolizing Christian love and unity.

    See also kiss of peace at kiss
    • ‘Seek out those with disabilities when passing the peace and extend Christ's welcome.’
    • ‘The incomprehensible sermon was long past, and the handshake of peace was next.’
    • ‘Big hugs or strong handshakes while sharing the peace can be painful for people with arthritis or rheumatic conditions.’

exclamation

  • 1Used as a greeting.

  • 2Used as an order to remain silent.

Phrases

  • at peace

    • 1Free from anxiety or distress.

      • ‘Helen is placid and at peace, and very happy to see Jane.’
      • ‘I felt secure and at peace at my parents' palace.’
      • ‘Jane had a special fondness for gardening and was always at peace and content in her garden which she tended with such fond care.’
      • ‘I enjoyed it so much and felt at peace and happy and calm.’
      • ‘The whole time she held me I felt so at peace, so secure, so loved I didn't want to ever let her down.’
      • ‘Caring for my two pups helped me feel at peace and reduced my anxiety and depression.’
      • ‘And we want them to be safe, secure and at peace as well.’
      • ‘I can catch up on my rest later when I am more at peace.’
      • ‘I'm feeling quiet inside, at peace, content in a way.’
      • ‘All of a sudden I wanted to be where I felt calm and at peace.’
      serene, calm, tranquil, composed, placid, at peace, at rest, at ease, in repose, reposeful, undisturbed, untroubled, unworried, unruffled, anxiety-free, content, blissful, secure
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      1. 1.1Dead (used to suggest that someone has escaped from the difficulties of life).
        • ‘He's at peace now, free of pain, free of the longing for supernatural rescue.’
        • ‘Theresa is at peace now but the rest of you are all left with the sorrow and tragedy of her death.’
        dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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    • 2In a state of friendliness.

      ‘a man at peace with the world’
      • ‘It was a tolerant place, where the Orthodox Christian majority lived at peace with its small Muslim minorities (as it still does).’
      • ‘They would be at peace with each other and with non-Muslim nations.’
      • ‘Just being around her best friend made her feel much more at peace with the world.’
      • ‘Once we do that, we will be at peace with ourselves.’
      • ‘I pray that we will live harmoniously and at peace with one another, regardless of which tradition or path we follow.’
      • ‘I do not wish to quarrel with them, but to live as I have always done, at peace with them.’
      • ‘American courts tend to recognize and protect our right to travel to and in countries at peace with us, and they have had good reason to do so.’
      • ‘I pose that question to all of you since I firmly believe that your response will indicate whether you are at peace with God, with others and with yourself.’
      • ‘They began as revolutionary or radical attempts to reconstruct the world but became increasingly conservative and at peace with the world.’
      • ‘This image is not one of a warrior with anti-imperialist ideals, but of a civilized leader at peace with the West.’
      harmonious, at peace, strife-free, peaceable, conflict-free, on good terms, amicable, friendly, cordial, non-violent, unwarlike
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  • hold one's peace

    • Remain silent about something.

      • ‘It was starting to become annoying, but I tried to hold my peace.’
      • ‘Crew members growled unintelligible threats beneath their breath, yet held their peace.’
      • ‘Too many, however, held their peace, at least until the next atrocity.’
      • ‘When a reviewer has had his say about a book, by and large he should thereafter hold his peace.’
      • ‘At this stage I believe a reviewer should hold his peace, at least until his readers can get to see the movie.’
      • ‘So you had best hold your peace and bide your time.’
      • ‘At present I am biding my time, and holding my peace.’
      • ‘I held my peace, knowing sadly that she spoke the truth.’
      • ‘So please, if anyone has any ideas, anything at all, please share now or forever hold your peace.’
      • ‘But I'll admit, it was great to see him happy, so I held my peace.’
  • keep the peace

    • Refrain or prevent others from disturbing civil order.

      ‘the police must play a crucial role in keeping the peace’
      • ‘It is the program that kept the peace for six years.’
      • ‘Occasionally, we may have to lend practical support for keeping the peace and protecting life and liberty in the face of internal and external aggression.’
      • ‘I compromised my own self in order to keep the peace and stave off confrontation.’
      • ‘She is a very level-headed, capable person and is good at keeping the peace.’
      • ‘It is regrettable if she was upset by the incident, but the action was taken in the interests of keeping the peace.’
      • ‘Of the utmost importance to them here is keeping the peace.’
      • ‘Well, first of all, let's remember that mutual deterrence and arms control has kept the peace for 50 years.’
      • ‘I mean, they are experts in security and keeping the peace.’
      • ‘He's said nice, placatory things, and he's kept the peace, but we need more than that to drive the country forward.’
      • ‘When I was a kid, the police in my town mostly kept the peace.’
  • make (one's) peace

    • Re-establish friendly relations; become reconciled.

      ‘not every conservative has made peace with big government’
      • ‘I just need to make my peace with myself, my neighbour, my community and my earth.’
      • ‘Though I'm not sure Rebecca is my friend, since she's dating Jake I better make my peace with her.’
      • ‘I've made my peace with that, but it's taken a while.’
      • ‘Eventually, Gideon makes his peace with his daughter, decides to quit the rat race, and disappears off into the sunset with Stella.’
      • ‘Most mainstream religious groups have long since made their peace with evolutionary theory.’
      • ‘When he died, her in-laws finally made their peace with her.’
      • ‘So in all the ensuing years have parents and children made their peace and found themselves on a common track?’
      • ‘These are people who have made their peace with capitalism and have given up on the ideas of their youth.’
      • ‘I would make my peace with Josh and be the understanding friend I always was.’
      • ‘He did his best to console them and help them to make their peace with God.’
      adjudicate, judge, adjudge, referee, umpire, sit in judgement, pass judgement, pronounce judgement, give a verdict, make a ruling
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French pais, from Latin pax, pac- ‘peace’.

Pronunciation

peace

/pēs//pis/