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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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Thus the character of the readers addressed would minister to fairness of treatment in matters of controversy, and could scarcely fail to secure the production of works decidedly irenical in spirit.