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 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 In law school and in the clerkships that followed, including a clerkship on the Supreme Court with Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh found ways to be politically ecumenical and open to competing views. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 Under him the carol service became more ecumenical and open. The Economist, "In the bleak midwinter Obituary: Stephen Cleobury died on November 22nd," 18 Dec. 2019 The other three were ecumenical and comfortable with the mainstream Republican and Democratic leaders of the time. David A. Hollinger, Washington Post, "In World War II, serving Jesus while spying for the United States," 24 Oct. 2019 The protests have veered from furious attacks on government property to peaceful, even ecumenical, pleas for the government to respond to citizens’ needs. Falih Hassan, New York Times, "‘Just Give Us a Country’: Thousands in Iraq Protest Corruption," 2 Oct. 2019 These ecumenical scholars claim that divergent interpretations demonstrate that meaning is produced by each individual's subjective experience with the text. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "In the impeachment spin wars, only the English majors can save us," 12 Dec. 2019 The origins of the split over when to officially recognize the birth of Jesus Christ stretch back all the way to A.D. 325, when a group of Christian bishops convened the religion’s first ecumenical conference. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Why some people celebrate Christmas in January," 26 Dec. 2019 The first woman elected as bishop of the Oregon division of the Lutheran church took the reins Saturday at an ecumenical worship service held in Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. oregonlive, "First woman bishop of Oregon’s division of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America welcomed," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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“Ecumenical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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: involving people from different kinds of Christian churches

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