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1. A movement promoting unity among Christian churches or denominations.
2. A movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding.
ecumenism(ɪˈkjuːməˌnɪzəm; ˈɛkjʊm-) ,
(Ecclesiastical Terms) the aim of unity among all Christian churches throughout the world
ec•u•me•nism(ˈɛk yʊ məˌnɪz əm, ɪˈkyu-; esp. Brit. ˈi kyʊ-)
ecumenical principles and practices, esp. as manifested in a movement promoting cooperation and unity among religious groups.
a movement within Christianity toward the recovery of unity among all Christians. — Ecumenicist, n.See also: Christianity
the doctrines and practices of the ecumenical movement, especially among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at developing worldwide Christian unity and church union. Also ecumenicalism, ecumenicism.See also: Protestantism
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|Noun||1.||ecumenism - a movement promoting union between religions (especially between Christian churches)|
|2.||ecumenism - (Christianity) the doctrine of the ecumenical movement that promotes cooperation and better understanding among different religious denominations: aimed at universal Christian unity|
Christian religion, Christianity - a monotheistic system of beliefs and practices based on the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus as embodied in the New Testament and emphasizing the role of Jesus as savior