Ecumenical
Ecumenic Ec`u*men"ic, Ecumenical Ec`u*men"ic*al, a. [L. oecumenicus, Gr. ? (sc. ?) the inhabited world, fr. ? to inhabit, from o'i^kos house, dwelling. See {Economy}.] General; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church; as, an ecumenical council. [Written also {[oe]cumenical}.] [1913 Webster]

{Ecumenical Bishop}, a title assumed by the popes.

{Ecumenical council}. See under {Council}. [1913 Webster]


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  • ecumenical — index general, nonsectarian Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ecumenical — late 16c., representing the entire (Christian) world, formed in English as an ecclesiastical word, from L.L. oecumenicus general, universal, from Gk. oikoumenikos, from he oikoumene ge the inhabited world (as known to the ancient Greeks); the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ecumenical — *universal, cosmic, catholic, cosmopolitan Antonyms: provincial: diocesan …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ecumenical — meaning ‘relating to the whole Christian world’, is spelt ecu and not (as formerly) oecu . The root is Greek oikoumenē ‘the inhabited world’. The first syllable is pronounced either ek or eek …   Modern English usage

  • ecumenical — [adj] general all comprehensive, all inclusive, all pervading, catholic, comprehensive, cosmic, cosmopolitan, global, inclusive, planetary, unifying, universal, worldwide; concepts 537,772 …   New thesaurus

  • ecumenical — ► ADJECTIVE 1) representing a number of different Christian Churches. 2) promoting or relating to unity among the world s Christian Churches. DERIVATIVES ecumenically adverb. ORIGIN Greek oikoumenikos, from oikoumen the inhabited earth …   English terms dictionary

  • ecumenical — [ek΄yo͞o men′i kəl, ek΄yəmen′i kəl] adj. [LL oecumenicus < Gr oikoumenikos, of or from the whole world < oikoumenē ( gē), the inhabited (world) < oikein, to dwell, inhabit < oikos: see ECO ] 1. general, or universal; esp., of or… …   English World dictionary

  • ecumenical — ecumenically, adv. /ek yoo men i keuhl/ or, esp. Brit., /ee kyoo /, adj. 1. general; universal. 2. pertaining to the whole Christian church. 3. promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world. 4. of or pertaining to a movement… …   Universalium

  • ecumenical — [[t]i͟ːkjuːme̱nɪk(ə)l, e̱k [/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Ecumenical activities, ideas, and movements try to unite different Christian Churches. [FORMAL] ...ecumenical church services... He was deeply involved in the ecumenical movement …   English dictionary

  • ecumenical — adj. Ecumenical is used with these nouns: ↑council, ↑movement, ↑theology …   Collocations dictionary

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