- 1(In certain countries) a head of a government department: the Defence MinisterMore example sentences
- The decision not to send a message of support this year brought private criticism from ministers and backbench MSPs.
- It seems to me that the way modern politics works, the Prime Minister of the day is very reliant on his ministers and backbench for policy support.
- Usually when a minister's backbench committee opposes or has serious concerns about a plan, it triggers a rethink.
- 2 (also minister of religion) A member of the clergy, especially in the Presbyterian and Nonconformist Churches: a minister of the Lutheran church a Unitarian ministerMore example sentences
clergyman, clergywoman, cleric, ecclesiastic, pastor, vicar, rector, priest, parson, father, man/woman of the cloth, man/woman of God, churchman, churchwoman; curate, chaplain, curé, divine, evangelist, preacher; Scottish kirkmanAustralian • informal josser
- First we say that Justice Bleby incorrectly formulated the test for an intention to create legal relations in the context of a church and a minister of religion.
- This is a most refreshing new look at the book of Ecclesiastes, by the minister of Ravesby Presbyterian Church, Sydney.
- Dr. Gentry is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.
- 2.1 (also minister general) The superior of some religious orders.More example sentences
- The act provided exemptions to men with certain disabilities, ministers of religious orders, theological students, and conscientious objectors.
- 3A diplomatic agent, usually ranking below an ambassador, representing a state or sovereign in a foreign country.More example sentences
- Last week, Baroness Symons, a Foreign Office minister, announced that Ambassador Craig Murray would go back to Tashkent.
- And since this purported sale was between two sovereign governments, the minister of foreign affairs would have to be involved.
- Foreign Office minister Lord Triesman will represent the government at the ceremony in Khao Lak.
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- 1 (minister to) Attend to the needs of (someone): her doctor was busy ministering to the injuredMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Act as a minister of religion: will these women be permitted to minister as priests?More example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Administer (a sacrament): bishops in England were faced with a loss of priests to minister the sacramentsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Middle English ( in sense 2 of the noun); also in the sense 'a person acting under the authority of another'): from Old French ministre (noun), ministrer (verb), from Latin minister 'servant', from minus 'less'.