WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
peace /pis/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- [uncountable] freedom from war;
absence of fighting between nations.
- a state of harmony between people:[uncountable]Why can't we just live in peace?
- freedom from civil commotion;
public order and security:[uncountable]The police keep the peace.
- freedom from anxiety or annoyance:[uncountable]peace of mind.
- a state of tranquillity or serenity:[uncountable]a feeling of peace after prayer.
stillness:[uncountable]some peace and quiet in the countryside.
- a treaty that ends a war or fighting:[countable]an honorable peace.
- Idiomsat peace, [be + ~]
- Idiomsin a state of not fighting;
not at war:a nation once again at peace.
- Idiomshaving died;
- Idiomshold or keep one's peace, to keep from, or stop, speaking;
keep silent:He kept his peace and waited for me to speak first.
- Idiomsmake one's peace with, [~ + object] to stop arguing with (someone):She had made her peace with him years ago.
- Idiomsmake peace, to arrange an end of fighting or antagonism.
(pēs),USA pronunciation n., interj., v., peaced, peac•ing. n.
- the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
- (often cap.) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism:the Peace of Ryswick.
- a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, esp. in personal relations:Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
- the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community;
public order and security:He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
- cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
- freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.;
- a state of tranquillity or serenity:May he rest in peace.
- a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity:the peace of a mountain resort.
stillness:The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon's peace.
- Literature(cap., italics) a comedy (421b.c. ) by Aristophanes.
- at peace:
- Idiomsin a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord;
not at war.
- Idiomshold or keep one's peace, to refrain from or cease speaking;
keep silent:He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
- Idiomskeep the peace, to maintain order;
cause to refrain from creating a disturbance:Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
- Idiomsmake one's peace with, to become reconciled with:He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
- Idiomsmake peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
- (used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).
- [Obs.]to be or become silent.
- Latin pax (stem pāc-); akin to pact
- Old French, variant of pais
- Middle English pes 1125–75
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged armistice, truce, pact, accord.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rapport, concord, amity.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged calm, quiet.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged insecurity, disturbance.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
peace /piːs/ n
- the state existing during the absence of war
- (as modifier): peace negotiations
- (modifier) denoting a person or thing symbolizing support for international peace: peace women
- (often capital) a treaty marking the end of a war
- a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from strife
- law and order within a state; absence of violence or other disturbance: a breach of the peace
- absence of mental anxiety (often in the phrase peace of mind)
- a state of stillness, silence, or serenity
- at peace ⇒ in a state of harmony or friendship
- in a state of serenity
- dead: the old lady is at peace now
- hold one's peace, keep one's peace ⇒ to keep silent
- keep the peace ⇒ to maintain or refrain from disturbing law and order
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French pais, from Latin pāx
- (intransitive) chiefly obsolete to be or become silent or still
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