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Illinois Indians, claim Kentucky, 142;agree to keep peace, 412.

How cleverly he managed to keep peace with the great powers!

There was also an agreement to keep peace with each other and the whites.

If this was allowed, it would be impossible ever to keep peace.

To keep peace, Edith, I will forgive you; let me see your face?

It's a little awkward; but a clergyman must keep peace in a family.

We shall be but too happy to keep peace, but we cannot leave the Union of our fathers.

It is false piety to keep peace to the prejudice of the truth.

You will make war when it suits us, and keep peace when it doesn't.

If you will keep peace with these words, you will not be at variance with us.


mid-12c., "freedom from civil disorder," from Anglo-French pes, Old French pais "peace, reconciliation, silence, permission" (11c., Modern French paix), from Latin pacem (nominative pax) "compact, agreement, treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of war" (source of Provençal patz, Spanish paz, Italian pace), from PIE *pag-/*pak- "fasten," related to pacisci "to covenant or agree" (see pact).

Replaced Old English 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 Latin pax, Greek eirene, which were used by translators to render Hebrew 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. Peace-officer attested from 1714. Peace offering is from 1530s. Phrase peace with honor first recorded 1607 (in "Coriolanus"). The U.S. Peace Corps was set up March 1, 1962. Peace sign, both the hand gesture and the graphic, attested from 1968.

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