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pacifist

[pas-uh-fist] /ˈpæs ə fɪst/
noun
1.
a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
2.
a person whose personal belief in pacifism causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.
adjective
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; < French pacifiste. See pacific, -ist
Related forms
antipacifist, noun, adjective
nonpacifist, noun
propacifist, noun, adjective
semipacifist, adjective, noun
unpacifist, adjective
Can be confused
activist, pacifist, passivist.
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  • It will be well not to be too much disturbed by the thought of either isolation or entanglement of pacifists and militarists.
  • The pacifists have argued that there was too much destruction.
  • They are pacifists obsessed with handguns, which they collect and fire in an abandoned mine building.
  • Protectionists and pacifists may find each other to be strange bedfellows.
  • The number of bleeding-heart pacifists has increased exponentially over the past few months.
  • Quakers are pacifists-they believe that wars and fighting are wrong.
  • Not only appeasers and pacifists were dismayed about what kind of war he might wage.
British Dictionary definitions for pacifists

pacifist

/ˈpæsɪfɪst/
noun
1.
a person who supports pacifism
2.
a person who refuses military service
adjective
3.
advocating, relating to, or characterized by pacifism
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Word Origin and History for pacifists

pacifist

n.

1903, from French pacifiste (see pacifism). Related: Pacifistic (1902).

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