[ ek-yoo-men-i-kuhl or, especially British, ee-kyoo- ]
/ ˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl or, especially British, ˈi kyʊ- /
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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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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
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
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British Dictionary definitions for ecumenical
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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