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[min-uh-strey-shuh n] /ˌmɪn əˈstreɪ ʃən/
the act of ministering care, aid, religious service, etc.
an instance of this.
Origin of ministration
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 Unabridged
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  • The telestial is governed through the ministrations of the terrestrial, by "angels who are appointed to minister for them."

    The House of the Lord James E. Talmage
  • His ministrations were attended with decency, but not followed with enthusiasm.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Soothed by these ministrations, Faust awakes full of new strength and ambition.

    Three Philosophical Poets George Santayana
  • The minister was greatly beloved, and all attended his ministrations.

  • More devoted even than before, did she now become in her ministrations to the sick and suffering people of Shreveport.

    Angel Agnes Wesley Bradshaw
  • Here it felt indeed like home, and in these I recognised the ministrations of a Mother.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • He was putting a blanket over the rough wood to make it more comfortable, and she submitted dumbly to his ministrations.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for ministrations


the act or an instance of serving or giving aid
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



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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