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[min-uh-strey-shuh n] /ˌmɪn əˈstreɪ ʃən/
the act of ministering care, aid, religious service, etc.
an instance of this.
Origin of ministration
1300-50; Middle English ministracioun < Latin ministrātiōn- (stem of ministrātiō) service, equivalent to ministrāt(us) (past participle of ministrāre to serve; see minister) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ministrative, adjective
nonministration, noun
unministrative, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ministration
Historical Examples
  • I thank thee that thou hast blessed me with this ministration.

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • "Thank you," Champney said quietly when the priest had finished his ministration.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Every one was lighter of heart than under the ministration of the previous rector.

    The Shape of Fear Elia W. Peattie
  • Euthyphro explains that he means by pious acts, acts of service or ministration.

    Euthyphro Plato
  • I know not what is the influence of the ministration of a kind spirit, like hers, but this night my sleep was sound and dreamless.

  • There is no comedy in the incidents of ministration; it is all unrelieved tragedy.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • It is not some, but all the angels that are appointed by God to this ministration.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • That ministration may be in judgment or mercy—in the lightning, or the dew.

  • After this ministration to Buddha they suddenly disappeared.

  • She submitted in a gentle, kindly way to Augusta's every ministration.

    The Hills of Desire Richard Aumerle Maher
British Dictionary definitions for ministration


the act or an instance of serving or giving aid
the act or an instance of ministering religiously
Derived Forms
ministrative (ˈmɪnɪstrətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ministrātiō, from ministrāre to wait upon
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Word Origin and History for ministration

mid-14c., "the action of ministering or serving," from Old French ministration or directly from Latin ministrationem (nominative ministratio), noun of action from past participle stem of ministrare "to serve" (see minister (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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