[ahy-ren-iks, ahy-ree-niks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the branch of theology dealing with the promotion of peace and conciliation among Christian churches. Compare polemics ( def 2 ).

1880–85; see irenic, -ics Unabridged
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irenics (aɪˈriːnɪks, -ˈrɛn-)
(functioning as singular) that branch of theology that is concerned with unity between Christian sects and denominations

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