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

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Other Words from ecumenical

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

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This ecumenical love story between a Chinese immigrant (Richard Barthelmess) and a white girl child in London’s Limehouse slum district is a poem of contrasts — between cultures, sexes, and sensibilities. Armond White, National Review, "Lillian Gish’s Genius Will Outlast Ava DuVernay and the Canon Wreckers," 26 June 2019 The trip, featuring Francis' fondness for countries on the periphery, and ecumenical events with Lutheran and Russian Orthodox faithful will be a welcome break for the Argentine pope. Fox News, "Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics," 21 Sep. 2018 Sister Joyce Cox, who directs the archdiocese’s ecumenical and interfaith efforts and who served as the archdiocese’s first female vice chancellor under Archbishop Hunthausen, disputes that interpretation. Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Archbishop Emeritus Raymond Hunthausen dies at 96," 23 July 2018 In an attempt to be ecumenical, a second example comes to mind: Former GOP Rep. Ray LaHood, who ran the Obama Transportation Department. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Why an Antitrust Farce Must Continue," 13 July 2018 Adding to these theological obstacles, the last half-century has witnessed sociological and cultural trends unfavorable to the ecumenical movement. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity?," 19 June 2018 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a religious bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox Christian world. Washington Post, "Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast," 7 July 2018 Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between east and west and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world. Trisha Thomas And Nicole Winfield, Fox News, "Pope and Orthodox patriarchs pray for Mideast Christians," 7 July 2018 Fellowship Southwest, an ecumenical faith organization, organized the protest to pray for the families separated by the Trump administration’s policies. Todd Heisler, New York Times, "A Long Journey North for Migrants That May End Where It Started," 30 June 2018

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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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ecumenical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ecumenical

: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches

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