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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 17th April 2021
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irenic (adjective)i-REN-ik

Promoting or intending to promote peace, pacific, peaceable.

Of an irenic temper, he belonged to the category of those souls who easily persuade themselves that obedience is the first of virtues, that every superior is a saint; and if unluckily he is not, that we should none the less act as though he were.

Paul Sabatier, Life of St. Francis of Assisi. Amazon

He and his followers were bitterly assailed, but his irenic spirit did not forsake him.

(ed.) Grenville Kleiser, The World's Great Sermons: (vol. 1) Basil to Calvin. Amazon

She had a distinct but remote impression that her father had hitherto never, at least never openly, shown such irenic solicitude in that direction, and she knew that his sudden peace-making with the old negro meant ill to her lover.

Maurice Thompson, The Balance of Power,
in Southern Lights and Shadows (Harper's Novelettes)
(eds. William Dean Howells & Henry Mills Alden) Amazon

I start by congratulating the noble Baroness the Leader of the House on the irenic tone of her opening remarks.

Lord St John of Fawsley, Lords Hansard, 7 March 2000. Lords Hansard

His first encyclical was titled “God Is Love,” and charity has become the recurring byword of his apparently irenic pontificate.

Gavid Gibson, The New York Times, 23 April 2007. New York Times

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