min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən \

Definition of ministration 

: the act or process of ministering

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Evelyn Hockstein/the Washington Post via Getty Images Despite the ministrations of on-site medics, Heydari was blinded for an hour. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Aubtin Heydari was nearly killed at the Charlottesville rally last year. This is his story.," 10 Aug. 2018 If anything, Gauguin comes across as a severed soul who, without the ministrations of the Tahitians, would rapidly have expired. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti' chronicles Gauguin’s desire to see a new way," 13 July 2018 Camille, as a rebel and an outsider, revolted against her mother's ministrations., "Who Is Camille's Father In Sharp Objects?," 9 July 2018 In the other, the country is just beginning to ascend to economic heights and international prestige through the ministrations of a strong, if somewhat vulgar, leader willing to do what needs to be done. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "In the Philippines, divided politics feed – and feed on – a divided web," 9 Apr. 2018 Meals were laid out in the communal longhouse, and these were downright glorious concoctions, thanks to the creative ministrations of a young chef from Bogotá and a bevy of jovial local woman who assisted him. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Under the frantic ministrations of a Radio Moscow bureaucrat (Paddy Considine) the concert is quickly performed again and, this time, recorded. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Black comedies don’t come much blacker than 'The Death of Stalin'," 16 Mar. 2018 And, most ominous of all, Kobach says that the commission’s functions will be handed over to the Department of Homeland Security and specifically to the gentle ministrations of the folks at ICE. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "I Guess They'll Have to Find Another Way to Suppress Votes," 4 Jan. 2018 A few feet away from his gentle ministrations, a makeup artist is organizing makeup and various brushes and other tools of the trade. Roxane Gay, New York Times, "Nicki Minaj, Always in Control," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of ministration

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ministration

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

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