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Daemon
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ecumenical

(adjective) Of worldwide scope or applicability.

Synonyms: universal

Usage: The movement against violence is intended to be an ecumenical one, applicable to all nations.
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Promating or relatingto unity among the worlds christhan chruch
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The adjective ecumenical refers to something universal, or something that has a wide, general application.

You might refer to a wide assortment of ethnic foods served together as being ecumenical, and you'd be technically correct, as the word does mean something general and worldwide. But the term is most widely connected with religious unity, specifically Christianity. The original Greek root word, oikos, means "house," and that grew into the word oikoumenikós, which means "the entire world." Today it most often refers to bringing people of diverse Christian religions together; however, an ecumenical service might bring Christians, Jews, and Muslims together under one roof.


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the ecumenical about torture has to be done away
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It seems people's dissatisfaction with their government is ecumenical.
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"The crowned and conquering darkness
Satan robed in ecumenical filth
Livid Bacchus sustained by bridal echelons of sylph."
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Are the words ecumenical and catholic synonyms?
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ecumenical, adjective: It has indeed this worldwide meaning as well: "1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to the Christian Church throughout the world, esp with regard to its unity"

I suspect that the ecclesiastical term preceded the common, lay term.
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Ecumenism has to do with the unification of different faiths; in a way it is a movement which aims at seeking a single church.

Ecumenical is the adjective, we can talk about ecumenical movements
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The meaning of words evolve. ‘Catholic,’ although meaning ‘universal,’ would more often than less refer to the ‘Catholic’ church, although I have seen it used to mean ‘universal’. Same with ‘ecumenical’; it’s meaning has more to do with various Christian denominations getting together on certain occasions for a common cause. It may also be used in the religious context of not just Christian faiths, but all faiths joining in together for a common cause (as someone here already mentioned).

It was always curious to me while growing up in a Mormon household why the Mormon church, which adamantly insists that it is a Christian religion, was always very hesitant to join ecumenical causes like many other denominations. That may be changing, though, as the Mormon church continues to become more mainstream, i.e., it is moving away from some of its foundational doctrines that for many were not typically Christian, for example, members can progress to eventually become gods like God the Father.
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1: worldwide, general, or universal in extent or influence

<dreamed of re-creating an ecumenical church>

or in application

<the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time — Christopher Morley>

2a : of, relating to, representing, or governing the whole of a body of churches

<an ecumenical council>

b : of or relating to the ecumenical movement

<ecumenical leaders>
<ecumenical discussions>

c : promoting or tending toward worldwide Christian unity

<ecumenical thinking>
<ecumenical activity>

d : of, relating to, or being a chiefly 20th century movement toward worldwide interconfessional Christian unity originating in Protestantism and now focused in a world council of churches that is supported by many Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and other church bodies and that promotes through functional organizations cooperation on such common tasks as missions and work among students and through conferences mutual understanding on fundamental issues in belief, worship, and polity and a united witness on world problems

Origin of ECUMENICAL

Late Latin oecumenicus ecumenical + English -al

First Known Use: circa 1587 (sense 1)
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ECUMENICAL.- Adjective. Most widely connected with religious unity, specifically Christianity. An ecumenical council considered the matter regarding ecumenism.
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