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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English peesful, pesful, paisful, pesefull, equivalent to peace +‎ -ful.


  • IPA(key): /ˈpiːsfəl/
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  • Hyphenation: peace‧ful


peaceful (comparative more peaceful or peacefuller or peacefuler, superlative most peaceful or peacefullest or peacefulest)

  1. Not at war or disturbed by strife or turmoil.
    Antonyms: warring, at war
    peaceful protest
    • 2013 July 20, “Old soldiers?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. [] One thing that is true, though, is that murder rates have fallen over the centuries, as policing has spread and the routine carrying of weapons has diminished. Modern society may not have done anything about war. But peace is a lot more peaceful.
  2. Inclined to peace.
    Synonyms: peaceable, pacific
    Antonyms: belligerent, violent
  3. Motionless and calm.
    Synonyms: tranquil, placid, still
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Etymology 2Edit

Derived from the derogatory term religion of peace, which is used against Islam itself for its association with violent attacks by more-extreme members, and alleged support and lack of condemnation against them by certain Muslim communities.


peaceful (plural peacefuls)

  1. (India, Islam, Islamophobic, Internet slang, offensive, ethnic slur) a Muslim; especially a violent member of a radical Islamist group.
    • 2021, Raghu Karnad, The Wire[1]
      They only have to use a bit of code to name those people; nowadays they call them “peacefuls”. A smirking euphemism is all it takes to sail through Twitter’s filter, and keep the hate-speech flowing.

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