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irenic Line breaks: iren¦ic
Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈrɛnɪk/
(also eirenic)

Definition of irenic in English:


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.


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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.


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

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