pacifism, pacificism, passivism(noun)
the doctrine that all violence is unjustifiable
the belief that all international disputes can be settled by arbitration
The doctrine that disputes (especially between countries) should be settled without recourse to violence
The active opposition to such violence, especially the refusal to take part in military action
Origin: From pacifisme, from pacifique;
Pacifism is opposition to war and violence. The term "pacifism" was coined by the French peace campaigner Émile Arnaud and adopted by other peace activists at the tenth Universal Peace Congress in Glasgow in 1901. A word identifiable is ahimsa, core to Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. While modern connotations are recent having been concretised in the centuries following the 19th, ancient references abound. The Hindu scripture Mahabharata states Jesus Christ has been ascribed to professing "love thy neighbour" and calling for foirgiveness to his crusifixors "for they know not what they do" . In the Modern times it was revived by Leo Tolstoy in his late works, particularly in "The Kingdom of God Is Within You." Mohandas Gandhi propounded the practice of steadfast nonviolent opposition which he called "satyagraha", instrumental in its role in the Indian Independence Movement. Its effectiveness served as inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Lawson, James Bevel, and many others in the 1950s and '60s American Civil Rights Movement. Pacifism was widely associated with the much publicised image of Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 with the "Tank Man", where one protester stood in nonviolent opposition to a column of tanks.
The numerical value of pacifism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of pacifism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The time of ill-considered pacifism and short-sighted neglect of the defense issues have now receded into the past.
If peace is equated simply with the absence of war, it can become abject pacifism that turns the world over to the most ruthless.
Working with patience and perseverance to achieve these systems will be vital, and will require that we promote throughout the world the path to true peace revealed by the pacifism of the Japanese constitution.
My pacifism is an instinctive feeling, a feeling that possesses me because the murder of men is disgusting. My attitude is not derived from any intellectual theory but is based on my deepest antipathy to every kind of cruelty and hatred.
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- pasifismi, rauhanaateFinnish
- faham pententeraman, pasifismeMalay
- pacifizam, пацифизамSerbo-Croatian
- chủ nghĩa hoà bìnhVietnamese
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