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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek εἰρηνικός (eirēnikós), from εἰρήνη (eirḗnē, peace).

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irenic (comparative more irenic, superlative most irenic)

  1. (chiefly theology, in extended usage) Promoting or fitted to promote peace; conciliatory, non-confrontational; peaceful.
    • 2001, Hywel Williams, The Guardian, 30 Nov 2001:
      The idea that the Jews of the region are not genetically distinct from other peoples of the area should be an irenic insight.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 199:
      The philosophes contrasted their own irenic calls for tolerance with the church's historical record as the perennial source of cruelty and fanaticism.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 343:
      The current comity between the United States and China […] is a recent reminder of the irenic effects of trade.

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  • irenic in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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