One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A proposal made as a means of achieving peace.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century (as irenicon): from Greek eirēnikon, neuter of eirēnikos ‘promoting peace’, from eirēnē ‘peace’. Compare with irenic.
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