• Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
    Pharaoh Gives Solemn Audience to One of His Ministers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v minister work as a minister "She is ministering in an old parish"
    • v minister attend to the wants and needs of others "I have to minister to my mother all the time"
    • n minister the job of a head of a government department
    • n minister a person authorized to conduct religious worship "clergymen are usually called ministers in Protestant churches"
    • n minister a diplomat representing one government to another; ranks below ambassador
    • n minister a person appointed to a high office in the government "Minister of Finance"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Exit the Ministering Angel Exit the Ministering Angel

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1963, Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister
    • Minister A representative of a government, sent to the court, or seat of government, of a foreign nation to transact diplomatic business.
    • Minister A servant; a subordinate; an officer or assistant of inferior rank; hence, an agent, an instrument. "Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua.""I chose
      Camillo for the minister , to poison
      My friend Polixenes."
    • Minister An officer of justice. "I cry out the on the ministres , quod he,
      That shoulde keep and rule this cité."
    • Minister One to whom the sovereign or executive head of a government intrusts the management of affairs of state, or some department of such affairs. "Ministers to kings, whose eyes, ears, and hands they are, must be answerable to God and man."
    • Minister One who serves at the altar; one who performs sacerdotal duties; the pastor of a church duly authorized or licensed to preach the gospel and administer the sacraments.
    • Minister To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred or secular. "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister ."
    • v. t Minister To furnish or apply; to afford; to supply; to administer. "He that ministereth seed to the sower.""We minister to God reason to suspect us."
    • Minister To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies; as, to minister to the sick. "Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Rogers is an ordained minister
    • n minister One who performs service for another, or executes another's will; one who is subservient; an agent, servant, or attendant.
    • n minister One who acts as a medium or dispenser; an administrator or promoter: as, a minister of God's will, of justice, etc.; a minister of peace or charity.
    • n minister In politics: One of the persons appointed by the sovereign or chief magistrate of a country as the responsible heads of the different departments of the government; a minister of state: as, the minister of foreign affairs, of the interior, of finance, of war. of justice, etc. These officers constitute the ministry or executive department of the government; at their head is the prime (first) minister, or premier, the immediate deputy or representative of the sovereign or chief magistrate; he and other ministers, selected by him, are called collectively, as his coördinate advisers in matters of policy, the cabinet. Minister is used in most European countries as the official title of all heads of departments, but in Great Britain only in a generic sense (as, a minuter of the crown), the individual ministers being officially designated the secretary of state for foreign affairs, for war, for the colonies, etc., or by other titles,as chancellor of the exchequer (minister of finance). In the government of the United States the title minister is not used at all, and there is no ministry; the corresponding officers, differing from the preceding both in mode of appointment and degree of power and responsibility, are called secretaries (of state, of the interior, of the treasury, of war, of the navy, of agriculture), postmaster-general, and attorney-general, See cabinet, 4.
    • n minister A diplomatic representative of a country abroad; a person accredited by the executive authority of one country to that of another as its agent for communication and the transaction of business between the two governments; specifically, the political representative of a state in another state, in contradistinction to an ambassador, who holds a nominally higher rank as in general the personal representative of the sovereign or chief of the state at the court of another sovereign. The United States heretofore have sent and received only ministers in this specific sense, called in full either envoys extraordinary and ministers plenipotentiary or ministers resident.
    • n minister Eccles., in the New Testament, a servant of God, God's word, Christ, or the church; an officer of the church; an attendant or assistant (Acts xiii. 5): translating διάκονος (whence deacon), but sometimes λειτουργός (liturge) orὑπηρέτης (an assistant); hence, any member of the ministry. The word is used of civil authorities in Rom. xiii. 4-6. In the ancient church minister usually meant a deacon or one in minor orders, the Latin word minister being the equivalent of the Greek διἁκονος. See ministry.
    • n minister An officer of justice.
    • n minister The catfish, Amiurus nebulosus: apparently so called from the silvery white throat, contrasting with the dark back, and likened to a clergyman's white necktie.
    • minister To furnish, supply, or afford; give; serve: as, to minister consolation.
    • minister To perform; render.
    • minister Synonyms Administer, Minister. See administer.
    • minister To act as a minister or attendant; perform service of any kind.
    • minister To afford supplies; give things needful; furnish means of relief or remedy.
    • minister To contribute; be of service.
    • minister To serve.
    • minister Synonyms Administer to, Minister to (see administer), contribute to, serve, assist, help, succor, wait upon.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Ireland, a prime minister is a called a Taoiseach
    • n Minister min′is-tėr a servant: one who serves at the altar: a clergyman: one transacting business for another: the responsible head of a department of state affairs: the representative of a government at a foreign court
    • v.i Minister to act as a servant: to perform duties: to supply or do things needful
    • v.t Minister to furnish:—pr.p. min′istering; pa.p. min′istered
    • ***


  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.”
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
    “Our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”
  • Aneurin Bevan
    “The Prime Minister has an absolute genius for putting flamboyant labels on empty luggage.”
  • Hector Hugh Munro
    “We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they sometimes live apart.”
  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I don't mind how much my ministers talk -- as long as they do what I say.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ministre, F. ministre, fr. L. minister, orig. a double comparative from the root of minor, less, and hence meaning, an inferior, a servant. See 1st Minor, and cf. Master Minstrel


In literature:

He was informed, that the latter had just been sent to England by order of the minister at war.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. II" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The minister gave his overcoat and the sealskin lady came forward with a shawl.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But he hath a godly minister or two with him, and likewise a leech.
"The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The minister was in no hurry.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
This generous offer was not only declined, but the minister was haughtily assured that no other would be entertained.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
It is preposterous to think of imposing all this labor on a few ministers of the Gospel.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
Akbar offered him any post save that of minister; he would be minister or nothing.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
The proof of this is seen in an extract from the Register of Ministers and Readers in the Miscellany of the Wodrow Society.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various
The King, his ministers, the dragoons, the bishops, and clergy used all due diligence.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Meanwhile the relations between the prime minister and his predecessor had been growing less and less cordial.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick

In poetry:

Thy pard'ning voice I come to hear,
To know thee as thou art:
Thy ministers can reach the ear,
But thou must touch the heart.
"Father of Love, to Thee I Bend" by Augustus Montague Toplady
In the minister's morning sermon
He had told of the primal fall,
And how thenceforth the wrath of God
Rested on each and all.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Whan years had gane, a printed beuk
Cam' oot, whilk I hae aften seen,
An' it was seal'd, an' it was sign'd,
By ministers a guidly wheen.
"Gran'Faither At Cam'slang" by Janet Hamilton
Christ, and the ministers of heaven,
To all have proper notice given,
And yet how many millions die,
Who heed their words no more than I?
"The Unhappy State Of The Ungodly, After Death" by Rees Prichard
The friend, the generous father sent,
To rouse, and to reclaim him, meant;
The faithful minister you'll find,
Who calls the wandering, warns the blind.
"The Foolish Traveller; Or, A Good Inn Is A Bad Home" by Hannah More
Believe whate'er the minister declares,
If with the word of God it does agree,
For 'tis the voice of Jesus in thine ears,
Or to rebuke, or else to comfort thee.
"An Admonition To The Sick To Call For A Clergyman And A Physician, And To Shun All Charms, &c. &c." by Rees Prichard

In news:

A Presbyterian minister, leading revivalist and social reformer, Lyman Beecher helped build the organizations that became known as the "benevolent empire" and gave religion in America its distinctive voluntary stamp.
President Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra shared a toast during an official dinner Sunday in Bangkok.
Outraged, Pakistan's new prime minister said he would protest to the Afghan president.
Norway mass killer Anders Behring Breivik wanted to behead former prime minister during massacre.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, newly aligned with the more centrist Kadima party, moved today to knock down settler houses built on Palestinian property.
And now the prime minister is feeling heat for security's slow response.
I'd like to ignore Dr Russel Norman but he could be the next Minister of Finance.
Prime minister says dzong, destroyed by fire on Sunday, will be rebuilt.
Mexico and the United States expect to reach agreement on a new bilateral tomato trade pact by the end of the month, Mexico's economy minister said on Tuesday.
Greek finance minister hopeful of more bailout funds by end-October: Bild .
Italy's prime minister and the law.
The transitional government blames forces loyal to the former prime minister.
Emory Douglas, former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party, will speak at the Hannah Gallery, 5:30 pm to 8 pm on Friday, Oct 19.
France's finance minister said on Friday he was not campaigning to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the new chairman of euro zone finance ministers, although he had been mooted as a possible candidate.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble declined to rule himself out as a candidate to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as chairman of euro zone finance ministers, in an interview published on Sunday.

In science:

Partly supported by the Minist`ere fran¸cais des affaires ´etrang`eres through a s´ejour scientifique haut niveau; Email: Alain.
Random repeated interaction quantum systems
FM04b] Felsenthal D.S.; Machover M. (2004b): Population and Votes in the Council of Ministers: Squaring the Circle.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
FM00] Felsenthal D.S.; Machover M. (2000): Enlargement of the EU and Weighted Voting in its Council of Ministers.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
Le02] Leech D. (2002): Designing the voting system for the council of ministers of the European Union.
Invariably Suboptimal - An attempt to improve the voting rules of Treaties of Nice and Lisbon
This work has been performed within Grant 21344 FW from Minist`ere des Affaires Etrang`eres (France).
Ferromagnetism in Co-doped ZnO films grown by molecular beam epitaxy: magnetic, electrical and microstructural studies