verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of minister
Synonyms for minister
Related Words for ministerbishop, pastor, diplomat, executive, official, envoy, administrator, aide, delegate, secretary, vicar, confessor, curate, preacher, abbot, rector, dean, divine, ecclesiastic, chaplain
Examples from the Web for minister
Contemporary Examples of minister
One of its top officials is the current minister of the interior in Baghad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
The narrator is suggesting that they build a snowman that looks like a minister.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO)
December 24, 2014
One of them was Tamás Deutsch, a future minister for FIDESZ in the Hungarian government, today an MEP.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
As Minister of Trade, he oversees TEPCO, which is attempting to put its profitable nuclear reactors back on-line.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors
October 24, 2014
Historical Examples of minister
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
The minister had a serious countenance, and was very placid.
According to my promise, I saw the minister on the following day.
By whom, let us ask, had this Minister been brought into power?
"Not till I heard the minister's kind voice," was the reply.
Word Origin for minister
c.1300, "one who acts upon the authority of another," from Old French menistre "servant, valet, member of a household staff, administrator, musician, minstrel" (12c.), from Latin minister (genitive ministri) "inferior, servant, priest's assistant" (in Medieval Latin, "priest"), from minus, minor "less," hence "subordinate," (see minus) + comparative suffix *-teros. Formed on model of magister. Meaning "priest" is attested in English from early 14c. Political sense of "high officer of the state" is attested from 1620s, from notion of "service to the crown."
early 14c., "to perform religious rites, provide religious services;" mid-14c., "to serve (food or drink);" late 14c. "render service or aid," from Old French menistrer "to serve, be of service, administer, attend, wait on," and directly from Latin ministrare "to serve, attend, wait upon" (see minister (n.)). Related: Ministered; ministering.