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ministration

[min-uh-strey-shuh n] /ˌmɪn əˈstreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of ministering care, aid, religious service, etc.
2.
an instance of this.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English ministracioun < Latin ministrātiōn- (stem of ministrātiō) service, equivalent to ministrāt(us) (past participle of ministrāre to serve; see minister) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ministrative, adjective
nonministration, noun
unministrative, adjective
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  • It might be spiritual, and imparted to him by angelic ministrations.
  • And paint is not so susceptible to the ministrations of wallpaper remover.
  • Inspired by their ministrations he vows to reform, returning the collection box he has slipped into his capacious pants.
  • So rapid was the increase in many cases that the churches were unable to take care of those who sought their ministrations.
  • Phil submitted patiently to these ministrations, his awestruck face turned to the ceiling.
  • When it has dilated to the size of a large coin, an ecu de six livres, the serious ministrations begin.
  • Gage was returned to health by the ministrations of his doctor and seemed physically recovered.
  • Thanks to his tender ministrations, she had a case of strep throat that lasted upwards of six months.
  • Let's see if this neutral comment survives the immoderate moderator's ministrations.
  • The objects of their attentions dread their ministrations.
British Dictionary definitions for ministrations

ministration

/ˌmɪnɪˈstreɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of serving or giving aid
2.
the act or an instance of ministering religiously
Derived Forms
ministrative (ˈmɪnɪstrətɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ministrātiō, from ministrāre to wait upon
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Word Origin and History for ministrations

ministration

n.

mid-14c., "the action of ministering or serving," from Old French ministration or directly from Latin ministrationem (nominative ministratio), noun of action from past participle stem of ministrare "to serve" (see minister (v.)).

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