Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French pacifisme, from pacifique, pacific; see pacific.]

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From French pacifisme, from pacifique; pacific +‎ -ism

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    Boook Review: The End Of Faith

  • 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.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • 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

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