[ min-uh-strey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for ministration on
  1. the act of ministering care, aid, religious service, etc.

  2. 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

Other words from ministration

  • min·is·tra·tive, adjective
  • non·min·is·tra·tion, noun
  • un·min·is·tra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ministration in a sentence

  • There lay the callow brood marked out by Nature and man, for her ministrations.

  • He was followed to the homes of poverty, and sick folk were visited, that the nature of his ministrations might be searched out.

  • It is evident that she has traveled this country over, and her ministrations have also extended to the old world.

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • The jeweler submitted only to the ministrations of Don Tiburcio, and even to them with marked distrust.

    The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal

British Dictionary definitions for ministration


/ (ˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən) /

  1. the act or an instance of serving or giving aid

  2. the act or an instance of ministering religiously

Origin of ministration

C14: from Latin ministrātiō, from ministrāre to wait upon

Derived forms of ministration

  • ministrative (ˈmɪnɪstrətɪv), adjective

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