pacifism
noun Etymology: French pacifisme, from pacifique pacific Date: 1902 1. opposition to war or violence as a means of settling disputes; specifically refusal to bear arms on moral or religious grounds 2. an attitude or policy of nonresistance • pacifist noun

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  • pacifism — (n.) 1888, from Fr. pacifisme, from pacifique (see PACIFIC (Cf. pacific)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • pacifism — /pas euh fiz euhm/, n. 1. opposition to war or violence of any kind. 2. refusal to engage in military activity because of one s principles or beliefs. 3. the principle or policy that all differences among nations should be adjusted without… …   Universalium

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