- tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
Origin of irenic
1860–65; < Greek eirēnikós, equivalent to eirḗn(ē) peace + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for eirenic
He was always declaring that the business of the Church is Eirenic and not Polemic.
- a variant spelling of irenic
eirenic irenical or eirenical
- tending to conciliate or promote peace
C19: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace
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Word Origin and History for eirenic
1885, from Greek eirenikos, from eirene "peace, time of peace." Earlier as irenic (1864), irenical (1650s).
1864; see eirenic.
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