Sunday, November 01, 2009
irenic adjective [ahy-REN-ik, ahy-REE-nik] tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
Definitions for irenic
- tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
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Citations for irenic
"It will be hard to find someone with Merv's irenic qualities," the dean said, "and a peacemaker is what we need in this diocese."
And very importantly he deployed a rhetoric of healing, an irenic discourse that sought to build bridges (as befits the pontifex maximus) rather than demolish them.
Origin of irenic
Irenic derives from the Greek eirḗnē meaning "peace." It entered English in the mid-1800s.