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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.
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(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
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(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.
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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"
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adjective unifying, universal, non-denominational, non-sectarian, general ecumenical church services
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So pervasive and all-inclusive as to exist in or affect the whole world:
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A. ADJecuménico
B. CPD ecumenical council Nconsejo m ecuménico
ecumenical movement Nmovimiento m ecuménico
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[ˌiːkjuˈmɛnɪkəl ˌɛkjuˈmɛnɪkəl] adjœcuménique
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adj (form)ökumenisch; ecumenical councilÖkumenischer Rat
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[ˌiːkjʊˈmɛnɪkl] adjecumenico/a
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(iːkjuˈmenikəl) , ((American) ek-) adjective
bringing together branches of the whole Christian church.
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Brinkman, A Reformed Voice in the Ecumenical Discussion, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016, 292 pp.
Billed to take place from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Visser't Hooft Hall, Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, the panel of the event will review Primate Ositelu's book entitled Christianity: Inside story from an African Perspective.
Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville has served more than 3,000 families over the past 34 years by providing affordable adult day services.
Emphasizing the importance of unity, this study presents the history, theology, aims, theological challenges, and future of the modern Christian ecumenical movement of the past 100 years.
TTL, with a study guide, and Ecumenical Missiology should serve as helpful resources for teaching and training theology students and field missionaries.
Synopsis: Now in a fully updated and expanded second edition "The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices" is comprised of nearly 150 documents in this anthology the virtually embodies "the ecumenical century" and are presented here as a definitive collection for both classroom and reference.
Keith Clements, Ecumenical Dynamic: Living in More than One Place at Once.
The publication of Konrad Raiser's Ecumenism in Transition over 20 years ago prompted much discussion regarding the state of the ecumenical movement.
This masterly and impassioned analysis of the current state of the conciliar ecumenical movement is the product of many decades of leadership within the movement in North America and globally.
[sup.2]uSTANBUL (C[sup.2]uHAN)- If you do not know Turkey, you may get the impression that President Recep Tayyip Erdo[sup.2]uan and his government have huge admiration for the pope but are allergic to the ecumenical patriarch.
In ecumenical mission, however, the target group is much broader and the focus is generally on social justice for the poor and oppressed and shalom for all creatures in the world.

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