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Monday, December 25, 2006

Definitions for irenic

  1. Tending to promote peace; conciliatory.

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Citations for irenic
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, New York Times
Indeed, for Cozzi -- as for several scholars -- the Interdict controversy of 1606-7 became the emblematic struggle that defined the Venetian Republic as tolerant and open, free from the tyranny of the Counter Reformation Church, animated by an aristocracy steeped in the values of civic humanism and evangelism, and committed to commerce and an irenic diplomacy. John Martin (Editor) and Dennis Romano (Editor), Venice Reconsidered
Origin of irenic
1860-1865
Irenic comes from Greek eirenikos, from eirene, "peace."