One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A proposal made as a means of achieving peace.
- ‘We can hardly open a Review without seeing a new Eirenicon between Science and Religion.’
- ‘And yet the book is of value, and of value really as an eirenicon.’
- ‘On the other hand, the convert Drydens personal confession of faith was, at the same time, an eirenicon to the church of England from the catholic side.’
Early 17th century (as irenicon): from Greek eirēnikon, neuter of eirēnikos ‘promoting peace’, from eirēnē ‘peace’. Compare with irenic.
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