ecumenical patriarch

noun, often capitalized E&P

Definition of ecumenical patriarch

: the patriarch of Constantinople as the dignitary given first honor in the Eastern Orthodox Church

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Against Russian opposition, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, to which Ukraine had been loyal until 1686, recognized the Ukrainian church. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "A clash of worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin meet again," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of ecumenical patriarch

1862, in the meaning defined above

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