- enPR: pēs, IPA: /piːs/, SAMPA: /pi:s/
- Rhymes: -iːs
- Homophone: piece
- A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony, e.g., a state free from civil disturbance.
- A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions .
- Harmony in personal relations .
- A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.
- See also Wikisaurus:calm
- at peace
- breach of the peace
- in peace
- inner peace
- Justice of the Peace
- kiss of peace
- make peace
- peace and quiet
- peace be upon him/PBUH
- peace be with you
- peace bond
- Peace Corps
- peace dividend
- peace for our time
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" ) .
Explanation of peace by Wordnet Dictionary
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- 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.
- 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.
Definition of peace by GCIDE Dictionary