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 (ī-rĕn′ĭk, ī-rē′nĭk) also i·ren·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl, -nĭ-kəl)
Promoting peace; conciliatory.

[Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē, peace.]

i·ren′i·cal·ly adv.


(aɪˈriːnɪk; -ˈrɛn-) or






tending to conciliate or promote peace
[C19: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace]
iˈrenically, eiˈrenically adv


(aɪˈrɛn ɪk, aɪˈri nɪk)

also i•ren′i•cal,

tending to promote peace or reconciliation; peaceful or conciliatory.
[1860–65; < Greek eirēnikós=eirḗn(ē) peace + -ikos -ic]
i•ren′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.irenic - conducive to peace; "irenic without being namby-pamby"; "an irenic attitude toward former antagonists"
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"


Inclined or disposed to peace; not quarrelsome or unruly:
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Keohane has commented, in addition, on how "Lanyer's speaker is for the most part free from self-doubt or penitence" and indeed the dominan t tone of the dedications derives from the irenic representation of their hoping and waiting Christian women (367).
One can only marvel at the skill of an author who can weave humor, cultural analysis, irenic confessionalism, and pedagogical skill into such a brief, ecumenically sensitive essay.
First, it establishes the existence of an irenic sentiment through a careful analysis of the work and activities of the figures under discussion.
But documented success of Puritans in the Southside counties and the 1641 act banishing Roman Catholic priests depriving Virginia Catholics of the sacraments hardly seems irenic.
The introductory history by Lukas Vischer is well crafted and irenic.
He attributes the 20th-century decline of apologetics to Barth's influence on the Protestant side and at least in part to Vatican II's more irenic methods, though the last decades of the century have seen in North America a revival as well as a convergence among both Catholics and Evangelicals.
He situates Eusebius in a somewhat irenic and multicultural hellenized Palestine (chapter 2) and argues that, by the fourth century, there had developed in Caesarea "an atmosphere of relative tolerance" that undergirds Eusebius's perception of Jews (27).
These irenic yet clearly stated essays will further ecumenical conversation about the Bible.
The entire book shows serious scholarly research and clear, intelligent thinking, and it has a calm, irenic tone that gives it more value than some other books on this subject.
Thus, the general picture of an extraordinary woman for the time, one who acted on her piety and learning and one whose version of Christianity was somewhat irenic, continues in spite of the author's labors.
the "psychopathic features" of Pius IX), in sharp contrast to the irenic attitude displayed toward virtually every other ideology discussed.
In 1672 Louise became regent for her young son George William, the last of the Piastian princes, a long-standing Calvinist lineage well-known for its irenic stance in the complex confessional politics of the eastern reaches of the post-Reformation and post-Tridentine Empire.