Definition of minister in English:

minister

Syllabification: min·is·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈminəstər
 
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noun

  • 3 archaic A person or thing used to achieve or convey something: the Angels are ministers of the Divine Will
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    • For nature is the minister of the Divine will not an instrument obedient to the command of man.
    • Beelzebub is slowly entering the boys, and through the use of Jack as a minister of evil, delivering the boys to insanity and corruption.

verb

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  • 1 (minister to) Attend to the needs of (someone): her doctor was busy ministering to the injured
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    • There may also be room for optional characters, like a Horse Doctor to minister to Old Ball, or a supernumerary mummer who will be called Patsie.
    • I spend a lot of time attending and ministering to others while no one particularly cares about my needs (emotionally or otherwise)
    • I can pretty much say that every continent I've heard from, from people that he's ministered to, people that don't know him.
  • 1.1 [with object] archaic Provide (something necessary or helpful): the story was able to minister true consolation
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    • They would have experience; and by that experience they would be able to minister consolation to those who were in any manner afflicted.
    • At cataclysmic events in the community (births, illnesses, deaths) the women were present to minister aid and comfort.
  • 2Act as a minister of religion.
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    • She introduces the narrator to Jerome Strozzi, an aging priest who ministers to society's throwaways.
    • As much as they might complain about some of their parishioners, parish priests ministered at some point to almost every person in France, particularly at key transitional moments in their lives.
    • Priests from religious orders and the diocesan priests both ministered in that part of Down.
    Synonyms
    tend to, care for, take care of, look after, nurse, treat, attend to, see to, administer to, help, assist
  • 2.1 [with object] Administer (a sacrament).
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    • Will you continue as faithful stewards of the mysteries of God, preaching the Gospel of Christ, and ministering his holy sacraments?
    • It is a thing plainly repugnant to the word of God and the custom of the primitive Church, to have public prayer in the Church, or to minister the sacraments in a tongue not understanded of the people.
    • But thirteen years have passed, and Augustine was now responsible for ministering the word and sacraments to his people.

Derivatives

ministership

noun
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  • One does not understand why the Congress legislators were keen for ministerships if they could not satisfy the people's aspirations.
  • Ten per cent of all the ministerships in all the States should be reserved for beggars to improve their standard of living overnight!
  • So it is not unlikely that, once she consolidates her chief ministership, she is bound to practise her own personalised style of governance, baring her fangs wherever necessary.

Origin

Middle English ( sense 1 of the noun and sense 3 of the noun): from Old French ministre (noun), ministrer (verb), from Latin minister 'servant', from minus 'less'.

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