irenics

[ ahy-ren-iks, ahy-ree-niks ]
/ aɪˈrɛn ɪks, aɪˈri nɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of theology dealing with the promotion of peace and conciliation among Christian churches.Compare polemics(def 2).

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Nearby words

  1. ireland, republic of,
  2. irena,
  3. irene,
  4. irenic,
  5. irenicon,
  6. irenology,
  7. ireton,
  8. irgun,
  9. irian barat,
  10. irian jaya

Origin of irenics

First recorded in 1880–85; see origin at irenic, -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for irenics

irenics

/ (aɪˈriːnɪks, -ˈrɛn-) /

noun

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