- tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
Origin of irenic
1860–65; < Greek eirēnikós, equivalent to eirḗn(ē) peace + -ikos -ic
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for eirenic
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for irenic
C19: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1885, from Greek eirenikos, from eirene "peace, time of peace." Earlier as irenic (1864), irenical (1650s).
1864; see eirenic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper