ecumenical

adjective
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 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, chicagotribune.com, 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 The Vatican is toeing a fraught diplomatic and ecumenical line, given its efforts to reach out to the Russian Orthodox Church and convene a second meeting between Francis and its leader, Patriarch Kirill. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2022 Birmingham clergy led an an ecumenical, community prayer vigil in the park, with Christian, Jewish and Muslim speakers. al, 2 Mar. 2022 With Her and high clerics of their own order, Punch Brothers convey bluegrass virtuosity with ecumenical selflessness. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 5 Jan. 2022 With Her and high clerics of their own order, Punch Brothers convey bluegrass virtuosity with ecumenical selflessness. Nathan Rizzo | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 5 Jan. 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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12 May 2022

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“Ecumenical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecumenical. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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