ministry

noun
min·​is·​try | \ ˈmi-nə-strē How to pronounce ministry (audio) \
plural ministries

Definition of ministry

1 : ministration the ingenuity of destruction … had outrun the ministry of healing— Dixon Wecter
2 : the office, duties, or functions of a minister was well prepared for the ministry
3 : the body of ministers of religion : clergy joined the Presbyterian ministry
4 : a person or thing through which something is accomplished : agency, instrumentality heroic believers become such by the ministry of heroic pain— Austin Phelps
5 : the period of service or office of a minister or ministry Many reforms were enacted during his ministry.
6 often capitalized
a : the body of ministers governing a nation or state from which a smaller cabinet (see cabinet entry 1 sense 3b) is sometimes selected
b : the group of ministers constituting a cabinet
7a : a government department presided over by a minister the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
b : the building in which the business of a ministry is transacted

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Examples of ministry in a Sentence

a member of the ministry She learned a lot during her first year of ministry.
Recent Examples on the Web Of the victims, 83% were women or girls, and 63% were under 15, the ministry said. Angela Chartlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of French sports figures accused of sexual violence," 3 Apr. 2021 Five more tortoises have died, possibly due to the stress of being separated from their habitat, the ministry said. David Williams, CNN, "Galapagos airport officials find 185 baby tortoises hidden in a suitcase," 30 Mar. 2021 The goal is to gather data about the effectiveness and safety of therapeutic marijuana, and to prepare eventual logistical circuits for future distribution, the ministry said. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 26, 2021," 26 Mar. 2021 Later Saturday, the ministry said security forces battled Mr. Alipoor’s fighters in Behsud, killing at least 12 and wounding six. Rahim Faiez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Afghanistan warlords remain wild cards in path to progress," 23 Mar. 2021 The ministry also said there have been some small clusters in Italy of P.1, also known as the Brazil variant. David Meyer, Fortune, "European stocks slip as coronavirus variants force retreat into lockdown," 19 Mar. 2021 The ministry said its Consulate General in Atlanta is trying to confirm the nationality of the women. Kate Brumback And Angie Wang, Chron, "Police investigate suspect's motive in Atlanta-area killings," 17 Mar. 2021 The ministry said its Consulate General in Atlanta is trying to confirm the nationality of the women. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Atlanta massage parlor shootings: Biden briefed on deadly attack as details emerge," 17 Mar. 2021 The ministry said its Consulate General in Atlanta is trying to confirm the nationality of the women. Kate Brumback, chicagotribune.com, "Atlanta shootings: 8 dead, many of them Asian women, after massage parlor attacks, police say," 17 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ministry

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ministry

Middle English ministerie, minstri "personal service, religious office, position in a church," borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French ministere "service, duty," going back to Old French, borrowed from Latin ministerium "activity of a servant, duty, task, support" (Late Latin, "ecclesiastical service") from minister "servant, minister entry 1" + -ium, denominal suffix of occupations

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“Ministry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ministry. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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ministry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ministry

: religious leaders as a group : ministers as a group
: the office, duties, or work of a religious minister
: a government department or the building in which it is located

ministry

noun
min·​is·​try | \ ˈmi-nə-strē How to pronounce ministry (audio) \
plural ministries

Kids Definition of ministry

1 : the office or duties of a religious minister
2 : a group of religious ministers : clergy
3 : a section of a government headed by a minister the ministry of transportation

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