[ ek-yoo-muh-niz-uhm, ih-kyoo- or, especially British, ee-kyoo- ]

  1. ecumenical doctrines and practices, especially as manifested in the ecumenical movement.

Origin of ecumenism

First recorded in 1965–70; ecumen(ic) + -ism

Other words from ecumenism

  • ec·u·me·nist, noun

Words Nearby ecumenism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for ecumenism


ecumenicism (ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪˌsɪzəm, ˌɛk-) or ecumenicalism

/ (ɪˈkjuːməˌnɪzəm, ˈɛkjʊm-) /

  1. the aim of unity among all Christian churches throughout the world

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Cultural definitions for ecumenism


[ (ek-yoo-muh-niz-uhm, i-kyooh-muh-nizuhm) ]

A movement promoting cooperation and better understanding among different religious groups or denominations.

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