[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 ministrations

Contemporary Examples of ministrations

Historical Examples of ministrations

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

  • 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.

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


    Raphael Sabatini

  • Shorty trembled like a captured rabbit when Maria first began her ministrations.

British Dictionary definitions for ministrations



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 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.)).

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