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Meaning of peace by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English pece from Old French pais ( Modern French paix ) from Latin pax ( “peace” ). Akin to Latin paciscere ( “to agree, make a bargain” ), Latin pangere ( “to fix” ); see pact. Displaced native Middle English frith, frede "peace" ( from Old English friþ, frēod "peace" ), Middle English sib, sibbe "peace" ( from Old English sibb "peace, kinship" ), Middle English grith "peace, security" ( from Old English griþ and Old Norse grið ), Middle English saht, saught "peace, reconciliation" ( from Old English seht, sæht "peace, pact, agreement" ) .


    • enPR: pēs, IPA: /piːs/, SAMPA: /pi:s/
    • Rhymes: -iːs
    • Homophone: piece


    peace ( usually uncountable; plural: peaces )

    1. A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony, e.g., a state free from civil disturbance.
    2. A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions .
      That will give me some peace of mind .
    3. Harmony in personal relations .
    4. A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.


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    1. ( slang ) Shortened form of peace out; goodbye .


    frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words: army « horse « send « #568: peace » glad » hair » ran

    External links

    • peace in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • peace in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of peace by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a treaty to cease hostilities

    2. peace came on November 11th
    3. the absence of mental stress or anxiety

    4. harmonious relations

    5. the roommates lived in peace together
    6. the state prevailing during the absence of war

    7. the general security of public places

    8. he was arrested for disturbing the peace

    Definition of peace by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Peace n. [OE. pees, pais, OF. pais, paiz, pes, F. paix, L. pax, pacis, akin to pacere, paciscere, pacisci, to make an agreement, and prob. also pangere to fasten. Cf. Appease, Fair, a., Fay, v., Fang, Pacify, Pact, Pay to requite.] A state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; calm; repose; specifically: Exemption from, or cessation of, war with public enemies. Public quiet, order, and contentment in obedience to law. Exemption from, or subjection of, agitating passions; tranquillity of mind or conscience. Reconciliation; agreement after variance; harmony; concord. “The eternal love and pees.” Chaucer.

      ☞ Peace is sometimes used as an exclamation in commanding silence, quiet, or order. “Peace! foolish woman.” Shak.

      At peace, in a state of peace. -- Breach of the peace. See under Breach. -- Justice of the peace. See under Justice. -- Peace of God. ( Law ) A term used in wills, indictments, etc., as denoting a state of peace and good conduct. ( Theol. ) The peace of heart which is the gift of God. -- Peace offering. ( Jewish Antiq. ) A voluntary offering to God in token of devout homage and of a sense of friendly communion with Him. A gift or service offered as satisfaction to an offended person. -- Peace officer, a civil officer whose duty it is to preserve the public peace, to prevent riots, etc., as a polliceman, sheriff or constable. -- To hold one's peace, to be silent; to refrain from speaking. -- To make one's peace with, to reconcile one with, to plead one's cause with, or to become reconciled with, another. “I will make your peace with him.” Shak.

    2. Peace, v. t. & i. To make or become quiet; to be silent; to stop. [R.] “Peace your tattlings.” Shak.

      When the thunder would not peace at my bidding. Shak.