from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Promoting peace; conciliatory.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Promoting or fitted to promote peace; conciliatory, non-confrontational; peaceful.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fitted or designed to promote peace; pacific; conciliatory; peaceful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Promoting or fitted to promote peace; peaceful; pacific: chiefly used in theology. See irenicon and irenics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. conducive to peace
During one episode of "Firing Line," Buckley used the word "irenic," provoking his seething guest to demand why he didn't just say "peaceful."
To call the BioLogos Foundation "irenic" is far too charitable.
I will say one thing in passing, however, by way of addressing several specific points (your use of the term "irenic", etc.): you frequently complain that I have either misrepresented what you have written or have drawn the wrong implications from it.
Most have taken that as a reference to the false illusion of an irenic future that Disney offers.
The NASFiC, named “ReConStruction” (very irenic for a Southern con), will be held August 5 – 8, 2010, early enough to make it feasible to attend both it and the Worldcon in Australia.
There are indeed divisions in political life that need to be confronted and fully discussed, just as there are genuine differences among Christians over the nature of the sacraments or the role of the Church in social struggles or the authority of scripture – difference that cannot be eliminated simply by irenic rhetoric.
Of course, we should not be overly irenic about the relationship between sharia and Western law.
As celebrations of non-denominational and undifferentiated spirituality, they were irenic, life-affirming, even moving.
Careful observers will note that Stephen Hawking's language has been more irenic.
Don't worry Peter L. - I don't doubt that you are more representative of Judaism (I'm a Christian) than some of the smearers here (Melanie is irenic in comparison to them). oh, by the way, I've corresponded with Howard Jacobson a couple of times.