Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The belief that disputes between nations should and can be settled peacefully.
  • n. Opposition to war or violence as a means of resolving disputes.
  • n. Such opposition demonstrated by refusal to participate in military action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The doctrine that disputes (especially between countries) should be settled without recourse to violence
  • n. The active opposition to such violence, especially the refusal to take part in military action

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable.
  • n. The belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
  • n. the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration

Etymologies

French pacifisme, from pacifique, pacific; see pacific.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pacifisme, from pacifique; pacific +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But you are willing to use the label pacifism, and are willing to trace your whole life to the moment in which you adopted that word as what you were going to to be about and doing.

    Oral History Interview with Igal Roodenko, April 11, 1974. Interview B-0010. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)

  • Schreiber's "absolute" commitment to what he calls pacifism will not help him argue with those who hold an equally "absolute" commitment to, say, the virtues of "struggle."

    Tolerating Terrorism

  • But as I've emphasized, one person's pacifism is highly unlikely to change the outcome of a war, so in marginalist terms, it isn't really a cost.

    Asymmetric Sell-Outs, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Hawk & Dove would be interesting, seeing two brothers debate militarism and pacifism from a Japanese perspective.

    More manga remakes

  • Wonderful work here from Turner, and there may be a handful of others, but it feels like pacifism is some sort of black sin in these days of “support the troops” no matter their mission.

    brian turner | here, bullet « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • In contrast to contemporary feminist anti-militarist pronouncements that the logical outcome of women's innate pacifism is abstention and objection to all wars, Parren presented a hybrid archetype which carefully fused the anti-militarism embodied in the 'Moral Mother' (although she at no point articulated it as such or used the term herself) and the strength and independence of the 'Just Warrior' into a unified personality.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity

  • The fact that the author seems to so terribly miss the point of pacifism is odd because another strong message that he tries to convey in this book is that there is something human in all of us that we can all recognize and that our shared humaness has nothing to do with our beliefs about any particlular invisible diety.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • My dad's sense of pacifism is only outweighed by his sense of responsibility, which is why he didn't high-tail it to Canada four years earlier than he did.

    The Results Are (Not) In

  • Deep down you want to challenge the heroic story-pattern where violence is the final solution because you have a strong belief in pacifism, because final solutions like that, you think, lead inevitably to, well, that other type of Final Solution.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Smelly the Quaker should have never gone into the military with his religion so strongly based in pacifism – but I guess it was OK for Smelly to suck at the national teat when in need of employment.

    Think Progress » Right Wing Swiftboats Generals Who Called on Rumsfeld to Resign

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