ecumenical

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adjective ec·u·men·i·cal \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl, -kyü-\

Definition of ecumenical

  1. 1 :  worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churchesb :  promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation

ecumenically

play \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-k(ə-)lē, -kyü-\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: circa 1587


ECUMENICAL Defined for English Language Learners

ecumenical

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adjective ec·u·men·i·cal \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-kəl, -kyü-\

Definition of ecumenical for English Language Learners

  • : involving people from different kinds of Christian churches



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