Min`is*te"ri*al (?), a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F. minist'eriel. 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.

 

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