- The definition of ecumenical is universal, the worldwide Christian church or unity of religions.
- 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.
- 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: Late 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-
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- 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: From 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.
- ecˌu·menˈi·cal noun
- ecˌu·menˈi·cal·ism noun
- ecˌu·menˈi·cal·ly adverb