[min-uh-strey-shuh n]


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 formsmin·is·tra·tive, adjectivenon·min·is·tra·tion, nounun·min·is·tra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ministration

Historical Examples of ministration

  • His most eloquent teaching was his ministration to the wants and the sufferings of the wretched.


    Samuel Smiles

  • Euthyphro explains that he means by pious acts, acts of service or ministration.

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

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • After this ministration to Buddha they suddenly disappeared.

  • The Sinai law was the “ministration of death” written on stone.

    The Arena


British Dictionary definitions for ministration



the act or an instance of serving or giving aid
the act or an instance of ministering religiously
Derived Formsministrative (ˈmɪnɪstrətɪv), adjective

Word Origin for ministration

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.)).

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