the normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
( often cap. ) an agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism: the Peace of Ryswick.
a state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
the normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
a state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.
a state or condition conducive to, proceeding from, or characterized by tranquillity: the peace of a mountain resort.
silence; stillness: The cawing of a crow broke the afternoon’s peace.
( cap., italics ) a comedy (421 b.c.) by Aristophanes.
(used to express greeting or farewell or to request quietness or silence).
– verb (used without object)
Obs. to be or become silent.
1. in a state or relationship of nonbelligerence or concord; not at war.
2. untroubled; tranquil; content.
hold or keep one’s peace, to refrain from or cease speaking; keep silent: He told her to hold her peace until he had finished.
keep the peace, to maintain order; cause to refrain from creating a disturbance: Several officers of the law were on hand to keep the peace.
make one’s peace with, to become reconciled with: He repaired the fence he had broken and made his peace with the neighbor on whose property it stood.
make peace, to ask for or arrange a cessation of hostilities or antagonism.
Origin: 1125–75; ME pes < OF, var. of pais < L pax (s. pāc-); akin to pact