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a person who believes in or is opposed to war or to violence of any kind.
a person whose personal belief in causes him or her to refuse being drafted into military service.
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Contemporary Examples

Morris makes the staggering claim that he “knows” that “Arafat’s pacifist asseverations were insincere.”
A Second Response to Benny Morris Daniel Levy April 23, 2012

In their decision they wrote that there was some chance I was a pacifist after all.
My Story As a Pacifist in Israel Jonathan Ben-Artzi August 15, 2012

Though a pacifist and Liberal party mayoral candidate, he was smeared as a “medic to guerrillas.”
Hector Abad On “Oblivion: A Memoir,” a Memorial to His Murdered Father Maya Jaggi April 26, 2012

And the ones protesting the loudest may be the war-mongering men forced into pacifist celibacy.
Japanese Women Tell Their Men They Have to Choose Between Love and War Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo May 13, 2014

A veteran hawk, Prime Minister Abe wants to strengthen Japan, even review its pacifist constitution.
Japan’s Anti-Nuclear Activists Losing Ground Since Fukushima Disaster Lennox Samuels March 17, 2013

Historical Examples

I can understand a pacifist, with his special scruples, disliking the militarism of Belfort.
Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton

We have no knowledge of pacifist utterances of representative Germans of any time.
Gems (?) of German Thought Various

A man can be a pacifist all right until his head has been punched.
The Devil’s Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim

Have not pacifist mass meetings been known to break up in a row?
The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin

He’s a great lecturer, but he’s a pacifist—the only one on the faculty—and a friend of Dora’s.
Ramsey Milholland Booth Tarkington

a person who supports pacifism
a person who refuses military service
advocating, relating to, or characterized by pacifism

1903, from French pacifiste (see pacifism). Related: Pacifistic (1902).


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