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 (ĕk′yə-mĕn′ĭ-kəl) also ec·u·men·ic (-mĕn′ĭk)
1. 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.

[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- in Indo-European roots.]

ec′u·men′i·cal n.
ec′u·men′i·cal·ism n.
ec′u·men′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪkəl; ˌɛk-) or






1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the Christian Church throughout the world, esp with regard to its unity
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. tending to promote unity among Churches
b. 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
3. rare universal; general; worldwide
[C16: via Late Latin from Greek oikoumenikos, from oikein to inhabit, from oikos house]
ˌecuˈmenically, ˌoecuˈmenically adv


(ˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl; esp. Brit. ˈi kyʊ-)

also ec`u•men′ic,

1. general; universal; worldwide.
2. of or pertaining to the whole Christian church.
3. promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.
4. interreligious or interdenominational.
[1835–45; < Late Latin oecumenic(us) < Greek oikoumenikós of the whole world]
ec`u•men′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ecumenical - concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions; "ecumenical thinking"; "ecumenical activities"; "the ecumenical movement"
nonsectarian, unsectarian - not restricted to one sect or school or party; "religious training in a nonsectarian atmosphere"; "nonsectarian colleges"; "a wide and unsectarian interest in religion"- Bertrand Russell
2.ecumenical - of worldwide scope or applicabilityecumenical - of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"


adjective unifying, universal, non-denominational, non-sectarian, general ecumenical church services


So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world:


A. ADJecuménico
B. CPD ecumenical council Nconsejo m ecuménico
ecumenical movement Nmovimiento m ecuménico


[ˌiːkjuˈmɛnɪkəl ˌɛkjuˈmɛnɪkəl] adjœcuménique


adj (form)ökumenisch; ecumenical councilÖkumenischer Rat


[ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪkl] adjecumenico/a


(iːkjuˈmenikəl) , ((American) ek-) adjective
bringing together branches of the whole Christian church.
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