Definition of irenic in English:

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Pronunciation: /īˈrenik/
Pronunciation: /īˈrēnik/
(also eirenic)


Aiming or aimed at peace.
Example sentences
  • After all, the Bible contains both rather bloodthirsty works like the Book of Joshua as well as more irenic passages.
  • Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the Bishop's irenic tone in this volatile situation.
  • So the Church, recognising that its irenic precepts were largely ignored, tried to reduce the savagery of war.


A part of Christian theology concerned with reconciling different denominations and sects.
Example sentences
  • His thesis was entitled, "Narrative Irenics in the Gospel of Mark," which explores the manner in which the author seeks to build internal unity in his congregation by his methodology of story-telling.



Example sentences
  • Irenical has become a commonly-used adjective to design an idealist and pacific conception, such as the democratic peace theory.
  • One reason for Heidelberg’s attractiveness was the combination of its humanistic training program and the irenical and ecumenical theology taught there by internationally recognized professors.


Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • Nasr speaks passionately but irenically of the need for an intellectual dimension to the critique of modernism.
  • The mission of Baker Publishing Group is to publish writings that promote historic Christianity, irenically express the concerns of evangelicalism, and reflect the diversity of this movement.
  • His theological approach is described as ‘passionately yet irenically confessional and at the same time intellectually pietistic.’


Pronunciation: /-niˌsizəm/
Example sentences
  • Reimer finds that Canadian evangelicals are more likely to distance themselves from religious fundamentalists and have higher levels of irenicism.
  • His irenicism is real, especially when his treatise on the Lawes is read over against the general religious polemics of his time.
  • Such irenicism, by its very nature, cannot hope to please the warriors fighting on in the first school of debate.


Mid 19th century: from Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē 'peace'.

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Syllabification: i·ren·ic

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