ec·​u·​men·​i·​cal | \ ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl How to pronounce ecumenical (audio) , -kyü- \

Definition of ecumenical

1a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches
b : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation
2 : worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application

Other Words from ecumenical

ecumenically \ ˌe-​kyə-​ˈme-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce ecumenical (audio) , -​kyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of ecumenical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United Christian Forum, an ecumenical organization based in Delhi, reported a tally of more than 500 violent incidents—an 80 percent increase over the previous year. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, 27 May 2022 Tony Gruben, pastor of Uvalde’s Baptist Temple Church, led the ecumenical service of Lutherans, Presbyterians and other demoninations. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 26 May 2022 Explore the Dan Flavin light installation in Richmond Hall, then meditate at the Rothko Chapel—an ecumenical religious space clad with enormous Rothko paintings. Robin Soslow, Chron, 20 May 2022 Attendance became more ecumenical and demographically younger, with student leaders highlighted. David Montgomery, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 The two men signed a joint statement that was hailed by the Holy See at the time as a breakthrough in ecumenical relations. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 4 May 2022 To many Russian Orthodox Christians, the consecration was chauvinistic; to ecumenical-minded Catholics, imprudent. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 One of the establishments still in business, The Ambassador Public House on Halsted, advertises itself as an ecumenical sports bar. Ron Grossman,, 1 Apr. 2022 Parton’s influences through her career have proven nearly as ecumenical as the Rock Hall of Fame’s varied roster. David Cantwell, Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ecumenical

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for ecumenical

Late Latin oecumenicus, from Late Greek oikoumenikos, from Greek oikoumenē the inhabited world, from feminine of oikoumenos, present passive participle of oikein to inhabit, from oikos house — more at vicinity

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“Ecumenical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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