(Min"is*ter), v. i.
1. To act as a servant, attendant, or agent; to attend and serve; to perform service in any office, sacred
The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister.Matt. xx. 28.
2. To supply or to things needful; esp., to supply consolation or remedies. Matt. xxv. 44.
Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased?Shak.
(Min`is*te"ri*al) a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F. ministériel. See Minister, and cf. Minstrel.]
1. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant.
Enlightening spirits and ministerial flames.Prior.
2. Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal.
"Ministerial offices." Bacon. "A ministerial measure." Junius. "Ministerial garments." Hooker.
3. Tending to advance or promote; contributive. "Ministerial to intellectual culture." De Quincey.
The ministerial benches, the benches in the House of Commons occupied by members of the cabinet
and their supporters; also, the persons occupying them. "Very solid and very brilliant talents distinguish
the ministerial benches." Burke.
Syn. Official; priestly; sacerdotal; ecclesiastical.
(Min`is*te"ri*al*ist), n. A supporter of the ministers, or the party in power.
(Min`is*te"ri*al*ly), adv. In a ministerial manner; in the character or capacity of a minister.
(Min"is*ter*y) n. See Ministry. Milton.
(Min"is*tra*cy) n. Ministration. [Obs.]
(Min"is*tral) a. Ministerial. [Obs.] Johnson.
(Min"is*trant) a. [L. ministrans, -antis, of ministrare to minister.] Performing service as a
minister; attendant on service; acting under command; subordinate. "Princedoms and dominations ministrant."
Milton. n. One who ministers.
(Min`is*tra"tion) n. [L. ministratio, fr. ministrare.] The act of ministering; service; ministry.
"The days of his ministration." Luke i. 23.
(Min"is*tra*tive) a. Serving to aid; ministering.
(Min"is*tress) n. [Cf. L. ministrix.] A woman who ministers. Akenside.
(Min"is*try) n.; pl. Ministries [L. ministerium. See Minister, n., and cf. Mystery a trade.]
1. The act of ministering; ministration; service. "With tender ministry." Thomson.