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"I have come to see you, either to make peace or declare war," he continued.

For the best of reasons—because—because I want to make peace with my wife.

Let him take hold of My strength, that he may make peace with Me.

She who had got up with so great a desire to make peace at once!

Not about any particular art, but about politics—when to fight and when to make peace.

Then the Chaldaeans came back, begging Cyrus to make peace with them.

It has been shown to me how with this money I could make peace with—with Him.

And who better than the Lamas could make peace between God and him?

A skål for love and knowledge, which alone can make peace a blessing!

On his way home, the elder tried to make peace with himself.


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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.