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[min-uh-steer-ee-uh m]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. an organization of local ministers or religious leaders who work with other community leaders on social or educational programs.
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Origin of ministerium

From Latin, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at ministry
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Examples from the Web for ministerium

Historical Examples

  • This and the subsequent royal decrees will be found in full in Hst's "Struensee's Ministerium," vol.

    Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)

    C. F. Lachelles Wraxall

  • Quo pacto Wiggo capulum complexus, cuspidem per Hiartuarum agit, ultionis compos, cuius Roluoni ministerium pollicitus fuerat.


    R. W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for ministerium


noun plural -ria (-rɪə)
  1. the body of the Lutheran ministers in a district
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Word Origin

C19: Latin: ministry
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Word Origin and History for ministerium


"ordained ministers of a church district," 1881, from Latin ministerium (see ministry).

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