Min"is*try (?), n.; pl. Ministries (#). [L. ministerium. See Minister, n., and cf. Mystery a trade.]
The act of ministering; ministration; service.
"With tender ministry
Hence: Agency; instrumentality.
The ordinary ministry of second causes.
The wicked ministry of arms.
The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession.
The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body.
Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt.
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