adjective ire·nic \ī-ˈre-nik, -ˈrē-\

Definition of irenic

  1. :  favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation


play \ī-ˈre-ni-k(ə-)lē, -ˈrē-\ adverb

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In Greek mythology, Eirene was one of the Horae, the goddesses of the seasons and natural order; in the Iliad the Horae are the custodians of the gates of Olympus. According to Hesiod, the Horae were the daughters of Zeus and a Titaness named Themis, and their names indicate their function and relation to human life. Eirene was the goddess of peace. Her name is also the Greek word for "peace," and it gave rise to irenic and other peaceable terms including irenics (a theological term for advocacy of Christian unity), Irena (the genus name of two species of birds found in southern Asia and the Philippines), and the name Irene.

Origin and Etymology of irenic

Greek eirēnikos, from eirēnē peace

First Known Use: circa 1864

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