peace

peace (n.) mid-12c., "freedom from civil disorder," from Anglo-Norm. pes, from O.Fr. pais (11c., Mod.Fr. paix), from L. pacem (nom. pax) "treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of war" (Cf. Prov. patz, Sp. paz, It. pace), from PIE *pak- "fasten," related to pacisci "to covenant or agree" (see PACT (Cf. pact)). Replaced O.E. frið, also sibb, which also meant "happiness." Modern spelling is 1500s, reflecting vowel shift.
Sense in peace of mind is from c.1200. Used in various greetings from c.1300, from Biblical L. pax, Gk. eirene, which were used by translators to render Heb. shalom, properly "safety, welfare, prosperity." Sense of "quiet" is attested by 1300; meaning "absence or cessation of war or hostility" is attested from c.1300. As a type of hybrid tea rose (developed 1939 in France by Francois Meilland), so called from 1944. Native American peace pipe is first recorded 1760. Phrase peace with honor first recorded 1607 (in "Coriolanus"). The Peace Corps was set up March 1, 1962.

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  • PEACE — (Heb. שָׁלוֹם, shalom). In the Bible The verb shalem (so both the perfect, Gen. 15:16, and the participle, Gen. 33:18) in the qal means to be whole, complete, or sound. PEACE. The range of nuances is rather wide. That the iniquity of the Amorites …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • peace — W2S2 [pi:s] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(no war)¦ 2¦(no noise/interruptions)¦ 3¦(calm/not worried)¦ 4 make (your) peace with somebody 5 keep the peace 6 hold/keep your peace 7 disturb the peace 8 rest in peace ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peace — [ pis ] noun *** 1. ) uncount a situation in which there is no war between countries or groups: peace in: For many years the agreement maintained peace in Europe. peace between: The Camp David agreement brought peace between Israel and Egypt.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 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.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peace — ► NOUN 1) freedom from disturbance; tranquillity. 2) freedom from or the ending of war. 3) (the peace) Christian Church an action such as a handshake, signifying unity, performed during the Eucharist. ● at peace Cf. ↑at peace …   English terms dictionary

  • Peace — (engl. „Frieden“) bezeichnet: ein Album des britischen Duos Eurythmics, siehe Peace (Album) im Sprachgebrauch als Peace Zeichen (Anglizismus) das Friedenszeichen eine Rosensorte, siehe Gloria Dei Peace ist der Familienname folgender Personen:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • peace — UK US /piːs/ noun [U] POLITICS ► freedom from war and violence: achieve/broker/promote peace »Failure to achieve peace in the Middle East was one of the Secretary of State s major regrets. at peace »The country is now at peace after nearly 30… …   Financial and business terms

  • Peace — Peace, Love Truth Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Peace, Love Thruth Álbum recopilatorio de John Lennon Publicación 4 de agosto de 2005 Grabación 1969 …   Wikipedia Español

  • peace — n: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom keeping the peace b: freedom from civil disturbance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • peace — [pēs] n. [ME pais < OFr < L pax (gen. pacis) < IE base * pak , to fasten > FANG, L pacisci, to confirm an agreement, pangere, to fasten] 1. freedom from war or a stopping of war 2. a treaty or agreement to end war or the threat of war …   English World dictionary

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