ecumenism

[ ek-yoo-muh-niz-uh m, ih-kyoo- or, esp. British, ee-kyoo- ]
/ ˈɛk yʊ məˌnɪz əm, ɪˈkyu- or, esp. British, ˈi kyʊ- /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. ecumenicalism,
  2. ecumenicism,
  3. ecumenicist,
  4. ecumenicity,
  5. ecumenics,
  6. eczema,
  7. eczema herpeticum,
  8. eczema marginatum,
  9. eczema nummulare,
  10. eczema vaccinatum

Origin of ecumenism

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

Related formsec·u·me·nist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ecumenist

ecumenism

ecumenicism (ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪˌsɪzəm, ˌɛk-) or ecumenicalism

/ (ɪˈkjuːməˌnɪzəm, ˈɛkjʊm-) /

noun

the aim of unity among all Christian churches throughout the world
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Word Origin and History for ecumenist

ecumenism

n.

1948, from ecumen- (see ecumenical) + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for ecumenist

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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