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irenic

or ei·ren·ic

[ahy-ren-ik, ahy-ree-nik]
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adjective
  1. tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
Also i·ren·i·cal.

Origin of irenic

1860–65; < Greek eirēnikós, equivalent to eirḗn(ē) peace + -ikos -ic
Related formsi·ren·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·i·ren·ic, adjectivenon·i·ren·i·cal, adjectiveun·i·ren·ic, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • He was always declaring that the business of the Church is Eirenic and not Polemic.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4

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British Dictionary definitions for eirenic

eirenic

adjective
  1. a variant spelling of irenic

irenic

eirenic irenical or eirenical

adjective
  1. tending to conciliate or promote peace
Derived Formsirenically or eirenically, adverb

Word Origin

C19: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace
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Word Origin and History for eirenic

adj.

1885, from Greek eirenikos, from eirene "peace, time of peace." Earlier as irenic (1864), irenical (1650s).

irenic

adj.

1864; see eirenic.

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