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peace offering, olive branch(noun)
something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace
Such a branch offered as an emblem of peace.
Any symbol of peace, or peace offering to an adversary to show good will and in the hope of securing peace.
Origin: With reference to classical myth, where the olivebranch was a symbol of peace and prosperity, merging with Biblical allusion to Genesis 8:11, where a dove returns to Noah's ark as a sign that the Flood is subsiding.
The olive branch is usually a symbol of peace or victory and was historically worn by brides. This symbol, deriving from the customs of Ancient Greece, is strongest in Western culture. However, it has been found in every culture and religion to thrive in the Mediterranean basin.
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