• WordNet 3.6
    • adj ecumenic concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions "ecumenical thinking","ecumenical activities","the ecumenical movement"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ecumenic General; universal; in ecclesiastical usage, that which concerns the whole church; as, an ecumenical council.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ecumenic Same as ecumenical (which is the usual form).
    • n ecumenic etc. See ecumenic, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ecumenic ek-ū-men′ik general, universal, belonging to the entire Christian Church
    • Ecumenic Also Œcumen′ic, -al
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oecumenicus, Gr. (sc. ) the inhabited world, fr. to inhabit, from o'i^kos house, dwelling. See Economy


In literature:

It laughs at presbyteries and synods, at Ecumenical councils and the impotent thunders of Sinai.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
The Ecumenical Council is still in session.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 12, June 18, 1870" by Various
ECUMENICAL COUNCIL, an ecclesiastical council representative, or accepted as representative, of the Church universal or Catholic.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
He claims infallibility (which was backed up by the Ecumenical council of 1870) and has for ages.
"The Revelation Explained" by F. Smith
On the 8th of December the twenty-first Ecumenical Council assembled in Rome.
"The Liberation of Italy" by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
The case is the same as regards the ecumenical councils.
"Apologia pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Newman
The case is the same as regards the Ecumenical Councils.
"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
No more ecclesiastical innovations were to be permitted until approved at an ecumenical council.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Other councils of the first period now recognized as ecumenical by the Church both East and West are Constantinople I.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The English forms "oecumenical" and "ecumenical" are both used.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
Leo I., although he recognized the council as ecumenical and confirmed its doctrinal decrees, rejected canon xxviii.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Such was the need of an Ecumenical Council.
"The Church of England cleared from the charge of Schism" by Thomas William Allies
At first Arangbar seemed like him, save his failing was not ecumenicity.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
Its Bishops were not mere local officers, but possessed a quasi-ecumenical power, extending wherever a Christian was to be found.
"An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine" by John Henry Cardinal Newman
Several Church councils were held here, especially the Third Ecumenical Council of 431, at which Nestorius was condemned.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
There was also a guarantee of full liberty for future conclaves and ecumenical councils.
"The War Upon Religion" by Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)" by Various
It laughs at presbyteries and synods, at ecumenical councils and the impotent thunders of Sinai.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 1 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
The year 718 A.D. is really an ecumenical date, of far greater importance than such a date as 338 B.C.
"Constantinople painted by Warwick Goble" by Alexander Van Millingen
The year before Innocent's death the twelfth ecumenical council assembled at the Lateran under his presidency.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various

In news:

Eric Schubert is a vice president at Ecumen, an innovative nonprofit senior housing and services company based in Shoreview.
He oversees communications, branding, public affairs and the Ecumen "Changing Aging" blog (
AmpquotInstead of just calling the vesper concert or vesper service its the ecumenical ampndash were trying to emphasize everyone ampmdash and it is at the season of Adventampquot Strickland said.
" Woodie " Park, 96, of Bradford, formerly of Mt Jewett, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
(ENInews)--The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) said it will hold its first meeting in the People's Republic of China, focusing on "the unique situation of Chinese churches and ecumenical relations" in the region.
Fifty years after his election, Pope John XXIII is remembered for his charisma, ecumenical spirit and for opening Second Vatican Council.
Evangelist and Southern Baptist minister Billy Graham welcomed the Second Vatican Council's 1964 document on ecumenism which opened the door of the Catholic Church to dialogue with Protestants.
The children who won the coloring contest at the Easter event at Ecumen North Branch, April 1 are (l to r): Adalyn Schulz, 3, from Isanti.
Ecumenical campus ministry in La Crosse does something new.
On Election Day, the most politically charged time of year, a group of Valley pastors is promoting a nonpartisan, ecumenical gathering around the Lord's table.
Thanksgiving meals provided by the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Lake Placid are distributed throughout Essex County.
The community is invited to the annual Ecumenical Good Friday Worship sponsored by the Danbury Ministerial Association.
MARQUETTE, MI – ( Great Lakes Radio News ) – Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette is presenting a special Ecumenical Good Friday service this week.
The Mount Carmel Area Food Pantry, Third and Market streets, sponsored by the Mount Carmel Area Ecumenical Ministerium, will hold a public open house from 2 to 3:30 pm Sunday.
As proof that good hymns can have ecumenical significance, here's one of our Kathy's translations being used as the climax of a sermon at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.