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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.
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(aɪˈriːnɪk; -ˈrɛn-) or






tending to conciliate or promote peace
[C19: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace]
iˈrenically, eiˈrenically adv
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(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.
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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"
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Inclined or disposed to peace; not quarrelsome or unruly:
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He traces the progress of ecumenical and irenic understanding through the various celebrations of Martin Luther and the Reformation anniversaries and the way that those events reflected the changes in the national collective memory.
I appreciated John Rodden's irenic review of George Orwell's "A Hanging" ("View to a Kill," Sept.
Even though the book is free of confessional bias, the author has made a crucially important discovery in his chapter titled "Maximus the Confessor." This seventh-century monk and theologian of the Eastern Church is one of the earliest authorities to take an irenic approach to the problem.
Milne amazingly manages to touch on all the essentials in Christian theology--even hotly debated ones--with an irenic, evangelical tone.
May I say how pleasing it was to note the dignified and irenic tone of the Rt Rev Martin Wharton, the Bishop of Newcastle, when asked for his reaction to his former assistant's move?
Two elections, two results, two political maps but only one future: the weeks and months ahead will prove whether Iraqis can shuffle their electoral cards wisely enough and whether they succeed in turning away from the yellowed pages of their history toward an irenic consensus over their future.
Over the years, Jesuits have had both irenic and stormy relationships with the Jews.
A more irenic and gracious approach is seen in these words of John Newton.
Harmon should be complimented for his irenic posture.
He uses these works alongside Spenser's View of the Present State of Ireland to argue that there was an ideological shift in English humanism away from irenic Ciceronianism towards a more militant Tacitean stance as the position in Munster deteriorated through the 1580s and 90s: 'Advising the prince carefully and cautiously through coded language and well-chosen examples had to give way to a more urgent and dispassionate mode of analysis that would reach those who had the power to act decisively' (p.