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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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