Ministry definition

mĭnĭ-strē
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Ministry is the work of a religious person or religious group, a collection of ministers or the flock tended to by a particular minister.

Work done by a Christian charity is an example of a Christian ministry.

The group of people worshipping under a priest are an example of his ministry.

The work done by a priest is an example of his ministry.

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The act of ministering, or serving; ministration.
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The profession, duties, and services of a minister.
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The act of serving; ministration.
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The active practice and education of the minister of a particular religion or faith.
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The Christian clergy.
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Government department, at the administrative level normally headed by a minister (equivalent rank, e.g. secretary of state), who holds it as portfolio, especially in a constitutional monarchy, but also as a polity.

She works for the ministry of finance.

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A governmental department presided over by a minister.
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The term of office of such a minister.
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The period of service of a minister.
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That which serves as a means; agency.
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The department under a minister of government.
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The building in which such a department is housed.
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The office, function, tenure, or service of a religious minister.
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Ministers of religion collectively; clergy.
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The building or buildings of such a department.
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The ministers of a particular government as a group.
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The complete body of government ministers (whether or not they are in cabinet) under the leadership of a head of government (such as a prime minister)

The premier offered his last ministry's resignation to the monarch, and is asked the form a new one in accordance with the election results.

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(Christianity)

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit.

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One that serves as a means; an instrumentality.
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The duties, functions, or term of a governmental minister.
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Governmental ministers considered as a group.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ministry
Plural:
ministries

Origin of ministry

  • Middle English ministerie from Old French ministere from Latin ministerium from minister servant mei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition