peaceful

Peaceful describes something calm and tranquil, not at war. The ocean seems peaceful when the waves lap gently at your feet, and a country can be peaceful when it's not fighting anyone.

Peace comes from the Latin word pax meaning, "tranquility, absence of war." Add the suffix ful which means — you guessed it — "full" and you have something full of peace, like a protest where nobody gets hurt. It refers to being passive, committed to nonviolence, like Martin Luther King Jr.'s peaceful protests during the Civil Rights Movement. It's also the mellowness that inspired the Eagles to sing, "I got a peaceful, easy feeling that you won't let me down."

Definitions of peaceful
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adj not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war

“a peaceful nation”
peaceful times”
“a far from peaceful Christmas”
peaceful sleep”
Synonyms:
peaceable
nonaggressive, unaggressive
not aggressive; not given to fighting or assertiveness
amicable
characterized by friendship and good will
halcyon
idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
irenic
conducive to peace
nonbelligerent
not directly at war
pacific, peaceable
disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature
dovish, pacifist, pacifistic
opposed to war
peace-loving, peaceable
inclined or disposed to peace
quiet
characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity
nonviolent
abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence
Antonyms:
unpeaceful
not peaceful
stormy
(especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion
hostile
characterized by enmity or ill will
belligerent, militant, war-ridden, warring
engaged in war
hawkish, militant, warlike
disposed to warfare or hard-line policies
stormy, tempestuous
characterized by violent emotions or behavior
unpeaceable
not disposed to peace
violent
acting with or marked by or resulting from great force or energy or emotional intensity
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adj peacefully resistant in response to injustice

Synonyms:
passive
nonviolent
abstaining (on principle) from the use of violence

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