min·​is·​tra·​tion ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce ministration (audio)
: the act or process of ministering

Examples of ministration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On this occasion, the diversions include the ministrations of choreographer JaQuel Knight, a veteran of Beyoncé’s productions, who puts the dancers through explosive workouts, in hip-hop and house-dancing sequences. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 When the engine ran worse (or not at all) after these ministrations, there was one rule to remember: The problem is always the ignition system. Larry Webster, Car and Driver, 23 Aug. 2023 But Finn is pulled from his ministrations by the news of the suicide of his mentally unstable ex-girlfriend, Lily. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 16 June 2023 Hippolyte was perfectly happy, nimbly trotting about on his clubfoot, and had no need of Bovary’s ministrations. Will Self, Harper's Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 Some people in power can be brought onboard—converted by campaign donations or the noisy ministrations of crypto investors who consider themselves single-issue voters. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 12 May 2023 Of course, the fostering works in the other direction, too: Klára answering Aldó’s fatherly ministrations with a style of care and attention that — if not technically spousal — suggests a mature awareness for what has been wrenched from his life. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Domesticity, children, and even the devoted ministrations of a loving wife, got on his nerves after a while, hence his joy in male company and the wilderness. Kturnqui, oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2023 Each session was part ministration, part duel, part dance. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 21 May 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English ministracioun, borrowed from Latin ministrātiōn-, ministrātiō, from ministrāre "to act as a servant, serve, minister entry 2" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ministration was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ministration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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