Irenic: Word of the Day

by Meia Geddes

irenic \eye-REN-ik; -REE-nik\, adjective:

Tending to promote peace; conciliatory.

With an irenic spirit they join the debate, at times ugly and vicious, about the historicity of the Bible (by which they mean the Hebrew Scriptures, also known as the Old Testament). — Phyllis Trible, “God’s Ghostwriters”, New York Times, February 4, 2001

Taylor was always irenic by temperament and desire, and his sensitivity to others enabled him to bring together and work with people of very diverse views. — “The Right Rev John Taylor”, Times (London), February 1, 2001

Irenic comes from Greek eirenikos, from eirene, “peace.”

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