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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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  • They are most kind in their ministrations to the sick and needy.

    The Long Labrador Trail Dillon Wallace
  • The minister was greatly beloved, and all attended his ministrations.

  • Yes; but the ministrations of the husbandman, the physician, and the builder have an end.

    Euthyphro Plato
  • Then, becoming conscious of her ministrations, "Angel of goodness!"

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • Shorty trembled like a captured rabbit when Maria first began her ministrations.

  • Here it felt indeed like home, and in these I recognised the ministrations of a Mother.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • She looked up from her ministrations to Detis, who had a nasty scalp wound.

    Creatures of Vibration Harl Vincent
British Dictionary definitions for ministrations


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 ministrations



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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