ecumenical: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ek'yoo-men'i-kul or, esp. Brit., ē'kyoo-), [key]
— 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 movementesp. among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at achieving universal Christian unity and church union through international interdenominational organizations that cooperate on matters of mutual concern.
  5. interreligious or interdenominational: an ecumenical marriage.
  6. including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles; mixed: an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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