Definitions

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

  • n. The absence of war or other hostilities.
  • n. An agreement or a treaty to end hostilities.
  • n. Freedom from quarrels and disagreement; harmonious relations: roommates living in peace with each other.
  • n. Public security and order: was arrested for disturbing the peace.
  • n. Inner contentment; serenity: peace of mind.
  • interj. Used as a greeting or farewell, and as a request for silence.
  • idiom at peace In a state of tranquillity; serene: She is at peace with herself and her friends.
  • idiom at peace Free from strife: Everyone wants to live in a world at peace.
  • idiom keep To be silent.
  • idiom keep the peace To maintain or observe law and order: officers who were sworn to keep the peace.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony. For instance, a state free from civil disturbance.
  • n. A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
  • n. Harmony in personal relations.
  • n. A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.
  • interj. Shortened form of peace out; goodbye.
  • interj. Shut up!, silence!; be quiet, be silent.
  • v. To make peace; to put at peace; to be at peace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Exemption from, or cessation of, war with public enemies.
  • n. Public quiet, order, and contentment in obedience to law.
  • n. Exemption from, or subjection of, agitating passions; tranquillity of mind or conscience.
  • n. Reconciliation; agreement after variance; harmony; concord.
  • v. To make or become quiet; to be silent; to stop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold one's peace; be or become silent; hold one's tongue.
  • To appease; quiet; allay.
  • n. A state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; calm; quietness; repose.
  • n. Freedom from agitation or disturbance by the passions, as from fear, terror, anger, or anxiety; quietness of mind; tranquillity; calmness; quiet of conscience.
  • n. A state of reconciliation between parties at variance; harmony; concord.
  • n. Public tranquillity; that quiet order and security which are guaranteed by the laws: as, to keep the peace; to break the peace; a justice of the peace.
  • n. A compact or agreement made by contending parties to abstain from further hostilities; a treaty of peace: as, the peace of Ryswick.
  • n. Amity
  • n. Quiet, Tranquillity, etc. See rest.

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

  • n. the state prevailing during the absence of war
  • n. a treaty to cease hostilities
  • n. the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • n. harmonious relations; freedom from disputes
  • n. the general security of public places

Etymologies

Middle English pes, from Old French pais, pes, from Latin pāx, pāc-; see pax.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pece, peas, pees, from Old French pais ("peace"), from Latin pāx ("peace"), from Proto-Indo-European *paḱ- (“to fasten, stick, place”), related to Latin pacīscor ("agree, stipulate"), Latin pangō ("fasten, 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")). (Wiktionary)

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  • Sky and water shifted or swivelled their occult constituent parts and like the solution to a visual riddle the stars yielded a new constellation describing the figure of a wolf, a diagram showing that there was no reason for us, only the certainty of us, and understanding this was like taking the hand that would lead us to peace. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 18, 2012

  • The word peace I find is used as an excuse to do nothing. Keep slavery as long as we have peace, Jews in Nazi Germany
    are a European problem as long as the US is at peace with the Nazis. I won't turn in the gang members they leave me in peace

    January 28, 2010

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    February 25, 2009

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    February 25, 2009

  • Silas: Peace.
    Bart: Peace is meant to explain a state of tranquility. Ok? So why don't you try finding a way to say goodbye, now that you're among civilized people.
    Silas: Well, Mr. Civilized, peace can also be used interjectionally, as a request, greeting or farewell. So, try to find another way to be an asshole, if you don't know your, grammar, that is. Peace.

    December 4, 2006