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ecumenical

[ ek-yoo-men-i-kuhl or, especially British, ee-kyoo- ]
/ 藞蓻k y蕣藞m蓻n 瑟 k蓹l or, especially British, 藞i ky蕣- /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of ecumenical

1835鈥45; <Late Latin oecumenicus belonging to the whole inhabited world (<Greek oikoumenik贸s, equivalent to oikoumen- (stem of passive present participle of oike卯n to inhabit) + -ikos-ic) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for ecumenical

ecumenical

oecumenical ecumenic or oecumenic

/ (藢i藧kj蕣藞m蓻n瑟kl, 藢蓻k-) /

adjective
of or relating to the Christian Church throughout the world, esp with regard to its unity
  1. tending to promote unity among Churches
  2. 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

Derived forms of ecumenical

ecumenically or oecumenically, adverb

Word Origin for ecumenical

C16: via Late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos, from oikein to inhabit, from oikos house
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