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or ei·ren·ic

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

  • Irenic, ī-ren′ik, adj. tending to create peace: pacific—also Iren′ical.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for irenic


eirenic irenical or eirenical

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

Word Origin

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


1864; see eirenic.

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