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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Then as now, the pro-life movement took on an ecumenical tone. Joseph S. Laughon, National Review, "The History of American Evangelicals’ Opposition to Abortion Is Long," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump wouldn’t even allow his party to write a platform of its views, normally an important way to craft an ecumenical set of beliefs and policies that unites the universe of Republicans. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Trump’s Republican Party Is Erasing Reagan’s Memory," 31 Aug. 2020 After an ecumenical prayer service in the church, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who had spoken during the ceremony, blessed the memorial garden. Doug Maccash,, "St. Bernard commemorates Katrina with 164 symbolic steel lilies, one for each parish resident who died in the storm," 30 Aug. 2020 This is a genuine revolution of value, which means in the final analysis our loyalties must become ecumenical rather sectional. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Harrison still fighting," 22 Aug. 2020 During the ecumenical Council of Lyons in 583 A.D., bishops were urged to assist lepers (those suffering from leprosy) within their own cities but cautioned against allowing such individuals to wander about freely. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Quarantine 'camps' are real, but COVID-19 camp claim stretches truth," 10 Aug. 2020 But by deciding on Friday to transform back into a full-fledged mosque a building that has been a museum since the 1930s and has become a powerful symbol of ecumenical relations, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent... David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey’s Decision to Turn Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Dismays Christians, Neighbors, Historians," 10 July 2020 Repairers of the Breach, a non-profit ecumenical organization, and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice are sponsoring the assembly. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "Everything you need to know about the Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March," 20 June 2020 There Is No Evil also received best film honors from both the ecumenical jury and the Guild Film Prize in Berlin. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Berlin Golden Bear Winner 'There Is No Evil' Lands at Kino Lorber," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of ecumenical was circa 1587

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20 Sep 2020

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“Ecumenical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of ecumenical

: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches

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