Definition of ecumenical
1 : worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
2a : of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churchesb : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity or cooperation
ecumenicallyplay \ˌe-kyə-ˈme-ni-k(ə-)lē, -kyü-\ adverb
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Courier-Journal An ecumenical memorial service to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali's legacy has been scheduled at the plaza next to the Muhammad Ali Center for Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m.
The alternative, of course, is an ecumenical cynicism toward everyone and everything.
Broadcast Sunday on CNN’s Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, the unusual ecumenical-cum-political discussion evoked comparisons between Clinton and other biblical figures.
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Origin and Etymology of ecumenical
ECUMENICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ecumenical for English Language Learners
: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches
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