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Sunday, January 18, 2004

Definitions for irenic

  1. 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." Madeleine L'Engle, A Severed Wasp, 1983
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. Michael W. Higgins, "Pope Francis's Act One in the U.S.--an invitation, not reproach," The Globe and Mail, September 28, 2015
Origin of irenic
Irenic derives from the Greek eirḗnē meaning "peace." It entered English in the mid-1800s.