min·​is·​tra·​tion | \ ˌmi-nə-ˈstrā-shən How to pronounce ministration (audio) \

Definition of ministration

: the act or process of ministering

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Recent Examples on the Web While Louis’ piety and ministrations to the poor and lepers earned him sainthood, his reputation as a military leader is decidedly mixed. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fear of Foreign Food May Have Led to the Death of This Crusader King," 26 June 2019 Here goes: Paradoxically, Italy has benefited the most and the least from Mr. Draghi’s ministrations, which include ultralow interest rates and direct lending subsidies alongside QE’s asset purchases. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Italy’s ‘Doom Loops,’ Imagined and Real," 3 Jan. 2019 This is especially true in the current monetary cycle because of the Fed’s post-2008 ministrations. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump Fears the Fed," 18 Oct. 2018 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

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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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