Definitions for ecumenicalˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl; esp. Brit. ˈi kyʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ec•u•men•i•calˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl; esp. Brit. ˈi kyʊ-(adj.)

also ec`u•men′ic

  1. general; universal; worldwide.

  2. of or pertaining to the whole Christian church.

    Category: Religion

  3. promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.

    Category: Religion

  4. interreligious or interdenominational.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of ecumenical:

1835–45; < LL oecumenic(us) < Gk oikoumenikós of the whole world


Princeton's WordNet

  1. ecumenic, oecumenic, ecumenical, oecumenical(adj)

    concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions

    "ecumenical thinking"; "ecumenical activities"; "the ecumenical movement"

  2. cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wide(adj)

    of worldwide scope or applicability

    "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"


  1. ecumenical(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the universal Church, representing the entire Christian world; interdenominational; sometimes by extension, interreligious.

  2. ecumenical(Adjective)

    General, universal, worldwide.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ecumenical(adj)

    general; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church; as, an ecumenical council

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bringing together branches of the whole Christian church.

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