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Among pacifists it was above all the English who always insisted on the importance of disarmament. They said that the man in the street would not understand the kind of pacifism that neglected to demand immediate restriction of armaments.
Ludwig Quidde

Meaning of "pacifism" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PACIFISM

pacifism  [ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PACIFISM

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pacifism is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PACIFISM MEAN IN ENGLISH?

pacifism

Pacifism

Pacifism is opposition to war and violence. The word pacifism was coined by the French peace campaigner Émile Arnaud and adopted by other peace activists at the tenth Universal Peace Congress in Glasgow in 1901. A related term is ahimsa, which is a core philosophy in Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. While modern connotations are recent, having been explicated since the 19th century, ancient references abound. In Western religion, Jesus Christ's injunction to "love thy neighbour" and asking for forgiveness for his crucifiers "for they know not what they do" have been interpreted as calling for pacifism. In modern times, interest was revived by Leo Tolstoy in his late works, particularly in "The Kingdom of God Is Within You." Mohandas Gandhi propounded the practice of steadfast nonviolent opposition which he called "satyagraha", instrumental in its role in the Indian Independence Movement. Its effectiveness served as inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Lawson, James Bevel, and many others in the 1950s and 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.

Definition of pacifism in the English dictionary

The definition of pacifism in the dictionary is the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war. Other definition of pacifism is the belief that international disputes can be settled by arbitration rather than war.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PACIFISM


anamorphism
ˌænəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm
anthropomorphism
ˌænθrəpəˈmɔːfɪzəm
automorphism
ˌɔːtəʊˈmɔːfɪzəm
catastrophism
kəˈtæstrəˌfɪzəm
diastrophism
daɪˈæstrəˌfɪzəm
dimorphism
daɪˈmɔːfɪzəm
dwarfism
ˈdwɔːfɪzəm
endomorphism
ˌɛndəʊˈmɔːˌfɪzəm
homeomorphism
ˌhəʊmɪəˈmɔːfɪzəm
homomorphism
ˌhəʊməʊˈmɔːfɪzəm
isomorphism
ˌaɪsəʊˈmɔːfɪzəm
metamorphism
ˌmɛtəˈmɔːfɪzəm
neo-catastrophism
ˌniːəʊkəˈtæstrəˌfɪzəm
Orphism
ˈɔːfɪzəm
paramorphism
ˌpærəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm
pleomorphism
ˌpliːəˈmɔːˌfɪzəm
polymorphism
ˌpɒlɪˈmɔːfɪzəm
sophism
ˈsɒfɪzəm
Sufism
ˈsuːfɪzəm
theosophism
θɪˈɒsəˌfɪzəm

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PACIFISM

pacifical
pacifically
pacificate
pacification
pacificator
pacificatory
pacificism
pacificist
pacified
pacifier
pacifies
pacifist
pacifistic
pacifistically

WORDS THAT END LIKE PACIFISM

activism
autism
Buddhism
capitalism
criticism
feminism
hedonism
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journalism
Judaism
mechanism
metabolism
prism
professionalism
racism
selfism
terrorism
tourism
werewolfism
Wycliffism

Synonyms and antonyms of pacifism in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PACIFISM»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pacifism» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pacifism

Translation of «pacifism» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PACIFISM

Find out the translation of pacifism to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pacifism from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pacifism» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

和平主义
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pacifismo
570 millions of speakers

English

pacifism
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

शांतिवाद
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

المسالمة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пацифизм
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pacifismo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শান্তিবাদ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pacifisme
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pasifisme
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Pazifismus
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

平和主義
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

평화주의
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pasifisme
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

chủ nghia bình định
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வன்முறையின்மை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

शांततावाद
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

barışseverlik
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pacifismo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pacyfizm
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пацифізм
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pacifism
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πασιφισμό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

pacifisme
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

pacifism
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pasifisme
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pacifism

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PACIFISM»

The term «pacifism» is regularly used and occupies the 89.979 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PACIFISM» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pacifism

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3 QUOTES WITH «PACIFISM»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pacifism.
1
Leon Bourgeois
The concept of patriotism is not incompatible with that of humanity; on the contrary, let me state emphatically that he who best serves pacifism serves patriotism best. The nation is and can be no more than the vital basic unit of any international league.
2
Adam Michnik
Pacifism as a mass movement aims to avoid suffering; pacifists often say that no cause is worth suffering or dying for. The ethos of Solidarity is based on an opposite premise - that there are causes worth suffering and dying for.
3
Ludwig Quidde
Among pacifists it was above all the English who always insisted on the importance of disarmament. They said that the man in the street would not understand the kind of pacifism that neglected to demand immediate restriction of armaments.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PACIFISM»

Discover the use of pacifism in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pacifism and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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From Warism to Pacifism: A Moral Continuum
Illuminating the moral views on violence, from the moral restraint of the just-war tradition through pragmatic nonviolence to principled variations of pacifism.
Duane Cady, 2010
2
Tolstoy's Pacifism
This work of political science offers an account of Leo Tolstoy as a Christian thinker on political violence. It presents Tolstoy's pacifism as a striking case of the impact of religious idealism on political attitudes.
Colm McKeogh, 2009
3
Radical Pacifism: The War Resisters League and Gandhian ...
Offering a comprehensive history of the War Resisters League, this book explores the evolution of the organization from a single-issue pacifist registry, educational forum and political pressure group into a multi-issue organization that ...
Scott H. Bennett, 2003
4
Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed ...
A searing, well-reasoned challenge to the purely-pacifist resistance of many contemporary left movements.
Ward Churchill, 2007
5
Between Pacifism and Jihad: Just War and Christian Tradition
Pacifism. Jihad. Militarism. Are these our only alternatives for dealing with global injustice today? J. Daryl Charles leads us to reconsider a Christian view of the use of force to maintain or reestablish justice.
J. Daryl Charles, 2009
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Practical Pacifism
Practical Pacifism argues for an approach to peace that aims toward a moral consensus that is developed pragmatically through dialogue aimed at overlapping consensus.
Andrew G. Fiala, 2004
7
Love Your Enemies: Discipleship, Pacifism, and Just War Theory
The author examines the theological bases of just war theory and pacifism, espcially in the light of the concept of God, as that motif illuminates Chrsitian discipleship.
Lisa Sowle Cahill
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Peace Movements and Pacifism After September 11
The book is a major contribution to our understanding of peace movements and pacifism after 11 September.
S. Chiba, Shin Chiba, Thomas J. Schoenbaum, 2008
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Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From ...
In this book, Paul Midford engages claims that since 9/11 Japanese public opinion has turned sharply away from pacifism and toward supporting normalization of Japan's military power, in which Japanese troops would fight alongside their ...
Paul Midford, 2011
10
Buddha Taught Nonviolence, Not Pacifism
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, this thought-provoking essay explores the Buddha's teaching to find one prescription: not war, not pacifism but non-violence.
Paul R. Fleischman, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PACIFISM»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pacifism is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mennonites struggle to agree with each other on same-sex marriage
What unites all factions of the church is a commitment to pacifism and social justice. And it's those very traits that are also threatening its ... «Al Jazeera America, Jul 15»
2
Putin and Xi plot the future of Eurasia
In addition, Japan has shed its pacifism since 1945 and granted its military authority to participate in foreign conflicts. Ufa may be a relaunch of ... «Al Jazeera America, Jul 15»
3
Unfriendly 'Friends' Defend Iran Deal to US Jews
As a matter of religious principle, the Quakers are pacifists, but their pacifism took a peculiar turn in the 1960s. I saw this transformation up close ... «Algemeiner, Jul 15»
4
Yuki's Take / Japan avoiding reality in security debate
... on the security legislation suggests that Japan still may not fully appreciate this reality, still living in the bubble of “one country pacifism.”. «The Japan News, Jul 15»
5
Growing up to the idea of fighting back
... the Constitution to undo 70 years of pacifism, suggest something happening. What? Kawai, the psychologist, might say Japan is growing up. «The Japan Times, Jul 15»
6
Confession and forgiveness part of loving your neighbor
Some have abandoned pacifism. “In our lust for comfort and power we have made the church about individuals over God's kingdom,” Ressler ... «Mennonite World Review, Jul 15»
7
Tokyo inches away from pacifism
In 1960 Nobusuke Kishi, then prime minister, rammed through legislation to strengthen Japan's military alliance with the US. He did so despite ... «gulfnews.com, Jul 15»
8
The Spectator at war: The ugliness of pacifism
circa 1915: American preacher, lawyer and populist politician William Jennings Bryan, (1860 - 1925), who, as a pacifist, resigned office over the ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 15»
9
Without My Rifle, I Am Useless
Their fates were sealed by the policies of a corrupt government, led by Democrats infected with Liberalism's self-loathing, guilt, pacifism, and ... «Town Hall, Jul 15»
10
Can Faith and Science Work Together?
In addition to what statistics show, different religions and religious groups advocate for different types of pacifism, peace as a preferred option, ... «Huffington Post, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Pacifism [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/pacifism>. May 2019 ».
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