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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.


adv (form)ökumenisch; (introducing a sentence) → vom ökumenischen Standpunkt aus
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