Peace, v. t. & i. To make or become quiet; to be silent; to stop. [R.] “Peace your tattlings.”
When the thunder would not peace at my bidding. --Shak.
Peace n. A state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation; calm; repose; specifically: (a) Exemption from, or cessation of, war with public enemies. (b) Public quiet, order, and contentment in obedience to law. (c) Exemption from, or subjection of, agitating passions; tranquillity of mind or conscience. (d) Reconciliation; agreement after variance; harmony; concord. “The eternal love and pees.”
Note: ☞ Peace is sometimes used as an exclamation in commanding silence, quiet, or order. “Peace! foolish woman.”
At peace, in a state of peace.
Breach of the peace. See under Breach.
Justice of the peace. See under Justice.
Peace of God. Law (a) A term used in wills, indictments, etc., as denoting a state of peace and good conduct. (b) Theol. The peace of heart which is the gift of God.
Peace offering. (a) Jewish Antiq. A voluntary offering to God in token of devout homage and of a sense of friendly communion with Him. (b) A gift or service offered as satisfaction to an offended person.
Peace officer, a civil officer whose duty it is to preserve the public peace, to prevent riots, etc., as a polliceman, sheriff or constable.
To hold one's peace, to be silent; to refrain from speaking.
To make one's peace with, to reconcile one with, to plead one's cause with, or to become reconciled with, another. “I will make your peace with him.” --Shak.
n 1: the state prevailing during the absence of war [ant: war]
2: harmonious relations; freedom from disputes; "the roommates
lived in peace together"
3: the absence of mental stress or anxiety [syn: peacefulness,
peace of mind, repose, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis]
4: the general security of public places; "he was arrested for
disturbing the peace" [syn: public security]
5: a treaty to cease hostilities; "peace came on November 11th"
[syn: peace treaty, pacification]