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[pas-uh-fist] /ˈpæs ə fɪst/
a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
a person whose personal belief in pacifism causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.
Origin of pacifist
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pacifist
  • Almost all people who are pacifist such as Quakers are so exclusively because of their religious views.
  • He was a pacifist and believed that India should become independent through non-violent actions.
  • The next morning things were calm, the sun shone reassuringly and if a bee patroled the area he was a pacifist.
  • In later years she became involved in pacifist political activities and promoted her father's works.
  • One is a pacifist, the other is a gun-toting abolitionist.
  • Most of our war novels have been pacifist in their general slant - enough to count as political.
  • In the process, the self-proclaimed pacifist has become a cinema legend.
  • Their pacifist principles are about all they had left.
  • But nowhere does she make a pacifist's considered argument that all war is senseless, self-defeating, and wrong.
  • The group included locally elected officials, teachers, students and members of pacifist or ecological groups.
British Dictionary definitions for pacifist


a person who supports pacifism
a person who refuses military service
advocating, relating to, or characterized by pacifism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pacifist

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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