Definition: Pacifism

From New World Encyclopedia


From French pacifisme, from pacifique (borrowed from Latin pācificus (“peace making”)); pacific + -ism.


pacifism (countable and uncountable, plural pacifisms)

  1. The support of peace, specifically:
    1. The conviction that it is morally wrong to settle disputes (especially between countries) by war or other violent means.
    2. The ethical avoidance of inflicting harm on others in one's daily life.
    3. The combination of the above two philosophical viewpoints.
  2. (video games) The additional challenge of winning a game without harming any enemy characters.

Derived terms

  • anarcho-pacifism
  • ultra-pacifism

Related terms

  • pacific
  • pacificism
  • pacificist
  • pacifist


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