Associations to the word «Ecumenical»


ECUMENICAL, adjective. (ecclesiastical) Pertaining to the universal Church, representing the entire Christian world; interdenominational; sometimes by extension, interreligious. [from 16th c.]
ECUMENICAL, adjective. General, universal, worldwide. [from 17th c.]
ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT, noun. A movement among Protestant groups since the 1800s aimed at achieving universal Christian unity through international or interdenominational organizations. There are also Ecumenical Councils in the Roman Catholic church; since the Great Schism (1054), the Eastern churches have not been involved.
ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH, noun. The Orthodox archbishop of Constantinople who is generally recognised as head of the Eastern Orthodox Church
ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHS, noun. Plural of Ecumenical Patriarch

Dictionary definition

ECUMENICAL, adjective. Concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions; "ecumenical thinking"; "ecumenical activities"; "the ecumenical movement".
ECUMENICAL, adjective. Of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience".

Wise words

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