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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 of pacifist
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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  • I can understand a pacifist, with his special scruples, disliking the militarism of Belfort.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • We have no knowledge of pacifist utterances of representative Germans of any time.

  • A man can be a pacifist all right until his head has been punched.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • Have not pacifist mass meetings been known to break up in a row?

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • He's a great lecturer, but he's a pacifist—the only one on the faculty—and a friend of Dora's.

    Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for pacifist

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 pacifist
n.

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

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