Pacifism is the view that violence is always wrong. The day a playground bully announces his new belief in pacifism is a happy one for his former victims.

The noun pacifism comes from the Latin word pacificus, "peaceful, or peace-making." People who are devoted to pacifism avoid any kind of violence in their own lives, which usually includes refusing to support wars or serve in the military. Famous practitioners of pacifism include Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Jesus.

Definitions of pacifism
  1. noun
    the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
    synonyms: pacificism, passivism
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    type of:
    doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought
    a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
  2. noun
    the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration
    synonyms: pacificism
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    type of:
    any cognitive content held as true
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