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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ek-yoo-men-i-kuh l or, esp. British, ee-kyoo-]
    • /ˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˈi kyʊ-/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ek-yoo-men-i-kuh l or, esp. British, ee-kyoo-]
    • /ˈɛk yʊˈmɛn ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˈi kyʊ-/

Definitions of oecumenical word

  • adjective oecumenical general; universal. 1
  • adjective oecumenical pertaining to the whole Christian church. 1
  • adjective oecumenical promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world. 1
  • adjective oecumenical of or relating to a movement (ecumenical movement) especially 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. 1
  • adjective oecumenical interreligious or interdenominational: an ecumenical marriage. 1
  • adjective oecumenical including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles; mixed: an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes. 1

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Origin of oecumenical

First appearance:

before 1835
One of the 34% newest English words
1835-45; < Late Latin oecumenicus belonging to the whole inhabited world (< Greek oikoumenikós, equivalent to oikoumen- (stem of passive present participle of oikeîn to inhabit) + -ikos -ic) + -al1

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Parts of speech for Oecumenical


oecumenical popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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