Pacifist is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of pacifist, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - opposed to war
EXAMPLES - Pacifist in a Sentence
- Why do you beleive that to be a pacifist is wrong?? (source)
- Elvis (#41): being a pacifist is not a sign of weakness. (source)
- How many bombs does a guy need to set off to lose "pacifist" status? (source)
- Most of us would be hard pressed to define the term "pacifist" itself. (source)
- "Yes, I can see your eye twinkling; I know a pacifist is a funny thing to be. (source)
- She was no more a pacifist than I was, but she had friends in the peace movement. (source)
- That is quite different from people insisting on a "pacifist" response to aggression. (source)
- "pacifist" of some variety, and that there's nothing wrong with the war (s) in Afghanistan, (source)
- First, George Logan was not a member of the Congress when he made his "pacifist" trip to France. (source)
- We had been in reserve and had gone back up on the line to relieve some kind of pacifist division. (source)
- She identified as a pacifist, socialist and member of the IWW, the Industrial Workers of the World. (source)
- Yes, says the 'pacifist' left if we must kill, let it be capitalism--and the evil rich--that we kill! (source)
- You're a pacifist, which is fine, but you're wrong that "my way" has always led "to misery and suffering." (source)
- One such person whom no one could credibly describe as a knee-jerk pacifist is retired Army Col. Pete Mansoor. (source)
- Oliver Wellings, defending, insisted his client was a "pacifist" and had not gone to the protest to cause trouble. (source)
- I think it was Orwell who defined a "pacifist" as a moral coward who relies on others to do their fighting and dying for them. (source)
- Geraldo was a Clinton supporter, but he has been totally gung-ho, pro-war; so you can't hang any kind of pacifist label on him. (source)
- Competing strands of Islam infuse all corners of politics, defying easy labels such as pacifist, moderate, extremist or violent. (source)
- Anderson describe Bishop as a "pacifist" who was active on campus in President Barack Obama's campaign, adding she is a member of (source)
- THE DEAN STRATEGYDean's advisers think they can fend off the "pacifist" line of GOP attack with the personality of their candidate. (source)
- A pacifist is working in some job which gives him access to important military information, and is approached by a German secret agent. (source)
- Never mind a few incongruities in her reasoning: She's a self-proclaimed "pacifist" that wants strong "military nations" to enter Darfur. (source)
- If you accept this, it leads to what I call pacifist-anarchism, a view I was committed to for a while in high school and my first year of college. (source)
- The interesting twist is that the pacifist is the one who exacts cold-blooded revenge by assassinating the man responsible for his parents 'murders. (source)
- But we, the radicals, the peacemakers, the hippies, the pacifist are the only ones who will have your back when governments send you to die for an idea or some oil. (source)
- I consider myself a "pacifist" in the mode of Ghandi or King I suppose that would make me someone who practices "nonviolence" instead, but that may be splitting hairs. (source)
- "pacifist" position rejects retaliation by "the army" against invading soldiers, but sanctions the use of coercion by "the police" against people who have themselves committed no violence. (source)
- The critical issue itself is driven by 'pacifist' Japan's current disinclination to allow trade with India under the terms of the recent U. S.-piloted consensus in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. (source)
- The second most common response (28%) was, on the contrary, the "pacifist", and in that sense universalist, viewpoint: "all wars are unjust since they always involve violence and cruelty on both sides". (source)
- U6133 THE WOODEN STAR'might almost be called a pacifist collection-a sometimes bitter comment on man's stupidity to man-culminating in a rousing satire on the wars of the sexes, complete with rampant codpieces. (source)
-  John Haynes Holmes, using the older term rather than "pacifist," has said, "The true non-resistant is militant -- but he lifts his militancy from the plane of physical, to the plane of moral and spiritual force." (source)
- The substance of say a foreign policy plan may be nuanced adn even "pacifist" but if forcefully presented in the attack, it reassures voters that you are a leader, that you are strong, makes them feel strong themselves (source)
- "I'm embracing Gandhi's and King's philosophy of noncooperation," he said, referring to pacifist civil rights heroes Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Davis added that he's not going to stand by and watch injustice dished out. (source)
- I could understand if they were taking a 'pacifist' stance and protesting against the Afghanistan and Iraq involvement but they have seemed caught up in what has happened in the province in the past and seem to base their protest on that. (source)
- The "International Solidarity Movement", invariably billed as a "pacifist" or "non-violent" group opposed to Israel's existence Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, is teaming up with Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other sinister-sounding militant groups to protest the Israeli security wall. (source)
- Since the term "pacifist" has come into general use to designate those opposed to war, the Mennonites have usually made a distinction between themselves as "non-resistants" and the pacifists, who, they claim, are more interested in creating a good society than they are in following completely the admonitions of the Bible. (source)
- The people who think they're being brave by "speaking truth to power" may be annoying but they're not helping push the culture in the direction of genocide, nor feeding into a new political correctness that makes it politically incorrect or worse, "pacifist" to ever, in any circumstances, say that killing isn't the answer. (source)
- The cases described in the post and Blank Slate of psychopathy are in effect the opposite of this, showing evidence for a 'pacifist' module if they show anything at all; it may seem counterintuitive but if you want to pick extreme cases to demonstrate designed violence you should look at the non-violent and figure it out from there. (source)
- And according to Lelyvard, Gandhi the pacifist was a wife-beater, denied sex to his wife for decades, was purported to be a "celibate" living life as an ascetic, but actually was a pedophile who ritualized sleeping naked with underage girls in order to test "the ferocity of his sexual desires," and at one point left his wife for a male lover. (source)
- The puzzling thing about Japanese security policy is not that Japan has become so much more active but that it is still doing so little, despite the best efforts of some US and Japanese policymakers (and journalists like Talmadge and Kelly) to paint a picture of East Asia as unremittingly bleak and threatening for a "pacifist" country like Japan. (source)
- This pacifism is essentially the pacifism of the people (and that of all the so-called pacifist newspapers) and was strikingly embodied in 1914 by a French writer who, having to judge between two fighting nations one of which had attacked the other contrary to all its pledges while the other was only defending itself, could do nothing but intone "I have a horror of war" and condemned them both equally. (source)
- That Japan was virtually occupied after 1951 - given the domestic role the initial alliance treaty accorded to US forces in Japan - and that Japan's ability to compete with other nations was constrained by the "pacifist" constitution drafted by the American occupiers were terrible affronts to the idealistic right, and in practical terms they prevented Japan from contributing fully to the struggle against communism (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 51.0, which suggests that "pacifist" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 7 synonyms for pacifist.
Dove, antiwar demonstrator, conscientious objector, passive resister, peacemaker, peacemonger, peacenik
We have 0 antonyms for pacifist.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of pacifist from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) One who loves, supports, or favours peace; one who is pro-peace.
- (noun) One who avoids violence.
- (noun) One who opposes violence and is anti-war.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A person opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes.
- (noun) A person whose strong belief in pacifism causes him/her to refuse to participate in military activities, especially one who refuses to be drafted into the armed forces.
- (adjective) Adhering to pacifism; opposed to war; -- of people.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) opposed to war
- (noun) someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes