Peace vs Contentment - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between peace and contentment

is that peace is a state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony; absence of violence. For instance, a state free from civil disturbance while contentment is the state or degree of being contented.

As an interjection peace

is shut up!, silence!; be quiet, be silent.

As a verb peace

is to make peace; to put at peace; to be at peace.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • A state of tranquility, quiet, and harmony; absence of violence. For instance, a state free from civil disturbance.
  • * 2001 , Carol Stream, Unshaken
  • Naomi boasted in nothing but the God of Israel. And she found peace even in the midst of chaos when she went to Him in prayer.
  • A state free of oppressive and unpleasant thoughts and emotions.
  • Harmony in personal relations.
  • A state free of war, in particular war between different countries.
  • * 1969 March 31, (John Lennon), Bagism Press Conference at Sacher Hotel, Vienna
  • Now, a lot of cynics have said, “Oh, it’s easy to sit in bed for seven days,” but I’d like some of them to try it, and talk for seven days about peace'. All we’re saying is give ' peace a chance.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Old soldiers? , passage=Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine.


    * (l) * See also


    * disruption * war * violence

    Derived terms

    * at peace * breach of the peace * hold one's peace * in peace * inner peace * Justice of the Peace * keep one's peace * keep the peace * kiss of peace * make peace * peaceable * peace and quiet * peace be upon him/PBUH * peace be with you * peace bond * peacebreaker * peacebuilding * Peace Corps * peace dividend * peace for our time * peaceful * peacekeeper * peacekeeping * peaceless * peacelessness * peace lily * peace-loving * peacemaker * peace march * peacemaker * peacemonger * peacenik * peace of mind * peace offering * peace out * peace pipe * peace process * peace sign * peacetime * peace treaty * Prince of Peace * rest in peace * world peace (peace)


    (en interjection)
  • (archaic) Shut up!]], [[silence, silence!; be quiet, be silent.
  • * Mark Twain
  • "Peace , my lord, thou utterest treason! Hast forgot the king's command? Remember I am party to thy crime, if I but listen."
  • (slang) Shortened form of peace out; goodbye.
  • Verb

  • (neologism) To make peace; to put at peace; to be at peace.
  • * 1997 , Yusuf Jah, Shah'Keyah Jah, Uprising , page 49:
  • Within every hood they have to be peacing with themselves. Then when you're living in peace with yourself, [...]
  • * 2006 , Wayne Grady, Bringing back the dodo: lessons in natural and unnatural history :
  • In another northern species, ptarmigan, such a see-saw pattern between warring and peacing has indeed been observed by researchers.





  • the state or degree of being contented
  • * 1908 ,
  • Then they got out their boat from the boat-house, sculled down the river home, and at a very late hour sat down to supper in their own cosy riverside parlour, to the Rat's great joy and contentment.
  • happiness in one's situation; satisfaction
  • the neurophysiological experience of satisfaction and being at ease in one's situation, body, and/or mind.
  • Antonyms

    * discontentment