1. the state prevailing during the absence of war;
2. harmonious relations; freedom from disputes;
- Example: "the roommates lived in peace together"
3. the absence of mental stress or anxiety;
[syn: peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis]
4. the general security of public places;
- Example: "he was arrested for disturbing the peace"
[syn: peace, public security]
5. a treaty to cease hostilities;
- Example: "peace came on November 11th"
[syn: peace, peace treaty, pacification]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Peace \Peace\, v. t. & i. To make or become quiet; to be silent; to stop. [R.] "Peace your tattlings." --Shak. [1913 Webster] When the thunder would not peace at my bidding. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Peace \Peace\, n. [OE. pees, pais, OF. pais, paiz, pes, F. paix, L. pax, pacis, akin to pacere, paciscere, pacisci, to make an agreement, and prob. also pangere to fasten. Cf. Appease, Fair, a., Fay, v., Fang, Pacify, Pact, Pay to requite.] A state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; calm; repose; specifically: (a) Exemption from, or cessation of, war with public enemies. (b) Public quiet, order, and contentment in obedience to law. (c) Exemption from, or subjection of, agitating passions; tranquillity of mind or conscience. (d) Reconciliation; agreement after variance; harmony; concord. "The eternal love and pees." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Note: Peace is sometimes used as an exclamation in commanding silence, quiet, or order. "Peace! foolish woman." --Shak. [1913 Webster] At peace, in a state of peace. Breach of the peace. See under Breach. Justice of the peace. See under Justice. Peace of God. (Law) (a) A term used in wills, indictments, etc., as denoting a state of peace and good conduct. (b) (Theol.) The peace of heart which is the gift of God. Peace offering. (a) (Jewish Antiq.) A voluntary offering to God in token of devout homage and of a sense of friendly communion with Him. (b) A gift or service offered as satisfaction to an offended person. Peace officer, a civil officer whose duty it is to preserve the public peace, to prevent riots, etc., as a polliceman, sheriff or constable. To hold one's peace, to be silent; to refrain from speaking. To make one's peace with, to reconcile one with, to plead one's cause with, or to become reconciled with, another. "I will make your peace with him." --Shak. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
peace n 1: the state prevailing during the absence of war [ant: state of war, war] 2: harmonious relations; freedom from disputes; "the roommates lived in peace together" 3: the absence of mental stress or anxiety [syn: peace, peacefulness, peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis] 4: the general security of public places; "he was arrested for disturbing the peace" [syn: peace, public security] 5: a treaty to cease hostilities; "peace came on November 11th" [syn: peace, peace treaty, pacification]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
181 Moby Thesaurus words for "peace": Pax Dei, Pax Romana, Peace of God, accord, accordance, affinity, agape, agreement, amity, armistice, arrangement, array, assent, ataraxia, ataraxy, awful silence, bonds of harmony, breathing spell, brotherly love, buffer zone, calm, calmness, caritas, cease-fire, cement of friendship, charity, chorus, coherence, coincidence, commodiousness, communion, community, community of interests, compatibility, composure, concert, concord, concordance, conformance, conformation, conformity, congeniality, congruence, congruency, congruity, consistency, consonance, consort, contemplation, convenience, cooling-off period, cooperation, correspondence, coziness, cushioniness, dead, dead of night, deathlike silence, demilitarized zone, deployment, disposal, disposition, easiness, empathy, equivalence, esprit, esprit de corps, feeling of identity, fellow feeling, fellowship, formation, frictionlessness, friendliness, golden silence, good vibes, good vibrations, happy family, harmoniousness, harmony, hollow truce, homelikeness, homeliness, homeyness, hospitality, hush, hush of night, identity, imperturbability, inaudibility, intersection, kinship, layout, like-mindedness, lineup, love, lucid stillness, lull, luxuriousness, marmoreal repose, marshaling, modus vivendi, mum, mutuality, neutral territory, nirvana, noiselessness, oneness, order, organization, overlap, pacification, parallelism, pax in bello, peace of mind, peaceableness, peacefulness, peacetime, placidity, placidness, proportion, quiescence, quiescency, quiet, quietism, quietness, quietude, rapport, rapprochement, reciprocity, regularity, repose, reposefulness, rest, restfulness, roominess, routine, satori, self-consistency, serenity, setup, sharing, silence, silentness, silken repose, sleep, slumber, snugness, softness, solemn silence, solidarity, soundlessness, stand-down, still, stillness, structure, suspension of hostilities, symmetry, sympathy, symphony, sync, synchronism, system, tacitness, taciturnity, tally, team spirit, temporary arrangement, timing, tomblike silence, tranquillity, treaty of peace, truce, understanding, uniformity, union, unison, unisonance, unity, warmness, whisht, wise passivenessBouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PEACE. The tranquillity enjoyed by a political society, internally, by the good order which reigns among its members, and externally, by the good understanding it has with all other nations. Applied to the internal regulations of a nation, peace imports, in a technical sense, not merely a state of repose and security, as opposed to one of violence and warfare, but likewise a state of public order and decorum. Ham. N. P. 139; 12 Mod. 566. Vide, generally, Bac. Ab. Prerogative, D 4; Hale, Hist. P. C. 160; 3 Taunt. R. 14; 1 B. & A. 227; Peake, R. 89; 1 Esp. R. 294; Harr. Dig. Officer, V 4; 2 Benth. Ev. 319, note. Vide Good behaviour; Surety of the peace.The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
PEACE, n. In international affairs, a period of cheating between two periods of fighting. O, what's the loud uproar assailing Mine ears without cease? 'Tis the voice of the hopeful, all-hailing The horrors of peace. Ah, Peace Universal; they woo it -- Would marry it, too. If only they knew how to do it 'Twere easy to do. They're working by night and by day On their problem, like moles. Have mercy, O Heaven, I pray, On their meddlesome souls! Ro Amil