- general; universal.
- pertaining to the whole Christian church.
- promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.
- of or relating to a movement (ecumenical movement), especially among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at achieving universal Christian unity and church union through international interdenominational organizations that cooperate on matters of mutual concern.
- interreligious or interdenominational: an ecumenical marriage.
- including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles; mixed: an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes.
Origin of ecumenical
Examples from the Web for ecumenical
Where are the Jewish leaders, who led an ecumenical campaign to free Soviet Jewry that inspired people all over the world?Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
Benjamin Franklin believed in prayer but stressed the importance of ecumenical “public religion.”
In his majority opinion, Kennedy tried to argue that the court was merely upholding that ecumenical tradition.
This was the public face of Barsana Dham, the “ecumenical mainstream Hindu organization” to which King refers.The Fugitive Guru
June 21, 2011
It is hard to celebrate the past in an ecumenical way, or even in a fair-minded one, apparently.France's Royal D-Day Snub
June 5, 2009
The English forms “oecumenical” and “ecumenical” are both used.
The constitutio de fide has been adopted by the Ecumenical Council, nemine contradicente.
Its claim to be ecumenical rests on its unanimous acceptance of "all the nations and all the churches of the Christian world."Constantinople
William Holden Hutton
Why not call an ecumenical council, appoint a commission to see to such things, and then forget the sacrilege?Damn!
Henry Louis Mencken
It was the meeting-place of numerous ecclesiastical councils, some of them ecumenical (see below, Constantinople, Councils of).
oecumenical ecumenic or oecumenic
- of or relating to the Christian Church throughout the world, esp with regard to its unity
- tending to promote unity among Churches
- of or relating to the international movement initiated among non-Catholic Churches in 1910 aimed at Christian unity: embodied, since 1937, in the World Council of Churches
- rare universal; general; worldwide
Word Origin and History for ecumenical
late 16c., "representing the entire (Christian) world," formed in English as an ecclesiastical word, from Late Latin oecumenicus "general, universal," from Greek oikoumenikos, from he oikoumene ge "the inhabited world (as known to the ancient Greeks); the Greeks and their neighbors considered as developed human society," from oikoumenos, present passive participle of oikein "inhabit," from oikos "house, habitation" (see villa).