[ ek-yoo-men-i-kuh l or, esp. British, ee-kyoo- ]
/ ˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˈi kyʊ- /
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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Also ec·u·men·ic; Archaic, oec·u·men·i·cal, oec·u·men·ic.
Origin of ecumenical
OTHER WORDS FROM ecumenical
ec·u·men·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·ec·u·men·ic, adjectivenon·ec·u·men·i·cal, adjectivenon·oec·u·men·ic, adjective
Words nearby ecumenical
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British Dictionary definitions for ecumenically
oecumenical ecumenic or oecumenic
/ (ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪkəl, ˌɛk-) /
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
Derived forms of ecumenicalecumenically 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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