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ministry

[min-uh-stree] /ˈmɪn ə stri/
noun, plural ministries.
1.
the service, functions, or profession of a minister of religion.
2.
the body or class of ministers of religion; clergy.
3.
the service, function, or office of a minister of state.
4.
the body of ministers of state.
5.
(usually initial capital letter) any of the administrative governmental departments of certain countries usually under the direction of a minister of state.
6.
(usually initial capital letter) the building that houses such an administrative department.
7.
the term of office of a minister of state.
8.
an act or instance of ministering; ministration; service.
9.
something that serves as an agency, instrument, or means.
Origin of ministry
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin ministerium, equivalent to minister minister + -ium -ium
Related forms
preministry, noun, plural preministries.
pseudoministry, noun, plural pseudoministries.
underministry, noun, plural underministries.
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ministry

/ˈmɪnɪstrɪ/
noun (pl) -tries
1.
  1. the profession or duties of a minister of religion
  2. the performance of these duties
2.
ministers of religion or government ministers considered collectively
3.
the tenure of a minister
4.
  1. a government department headed by a minister
  2. the buildings of such a department
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant; see minister
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Word Origin and History for ministry
n.

late 14c., "function of a priest," from Old French menistere "service, ministry; position, post, employment," and directly from Latin ministerium "office, service, attendance, ministry," from minister (see minister (n.)). Began to be used 1916 as name of certain departments in British government.

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