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[ahy-ren-iks, ahy-ree-niks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of theology dealing with the promotion of peace and conciliation among Christian churches.Compare polemics(def 2).

Origin of irenics

First recorded in 1880–85; see origin at irenic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for irenics


  1. (functioning as singular) that branch of theology that is concerned with unity between Christian sects and denominations
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