ecumenical[ek′yo̵̅o̅ men′i kəl, -yə-]
- An example of ecumenical used as an adjective is the phrase an "ecumenical truth" which means something that everyone believes in.
- An example of ecumenical used as an adjective is the phrase "ecumenical bond" which means the bond among all Christian churches.
- An example of ecumenical used as an adjective is the phrase "ecumenical peace" which means peace among all religions.
The definition of ecumenical is universal, the worldwide Christian church or unity of religions.
- general, or universal; esp., of or concerning the Christian church as a whole
- furthering or intended to further the unity or unification of Christian churches
- of or having to do with ecumenism
Origin of ecumenicalLate Latin oecumenicus ; from Classical Greek oikoumenikos, of or from the whole world ; from oikoumenē (gē), the inhabited (world) ; from oikein, to dwell, inhabit ; from oikos: see eco-
- Of worldwide scope or applicability; universal.
- a. Of or relating to the worldwide Christian church.b. Concerned with establishing or promoting unity among churches or religions.
Origin of ecumenicalFrom Late Latin oecūmenicus, from Greek oikoumenikos, from (hē) oikoumenē (gē), (the) inhabited (world), feminine present passive participle of oikein, to inhabit, from oikos, house; see weik-1 in Indo-European roots.
From ecumenic + -al.