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min·is·ter / ˈminəstər/ • n. 1. (also minister of religion) a member of the clergy, esp. in Protestant churches. ∎  (also minister general) the superior of some religious orders. 2. (in certain countries) a head of a government department: Britain's defense minister. ∎  a diplomatic agent, usually ranking below an ambassador, representing a state or sovereign in a foreign country. 3. archaic a person or thing used to achieve or convey something: the Angels are ministers of the Divine Will. • v. [intr.] 1. (minister to) attend to the needs of (someone): her doctor was busy ministering to the injured. ∎  [tr.] archaic provide (something necessary or helpful): the story was able to minister true consolation. 2. act as a minister of religion. ∎  [tr.] administer (a sacrament). DERIVATIVES: min·is·ter·ship / ship/ n.

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minister † servant, subordinate officer XIII; one engaged in the celebration of worship or charged with spiritual functions XIV; officer of state XVII. — (O)F. ministre — L. minister servant, f. *minis-, var. of minus less, adv. of minor MINOR, in formation parallel to the correl. magister MASTER.
So vb. (arch.) serve, supply, ADMINISTER. XIV. ministerial XVI. — F. ministériel or late L. ministeriālis. ministration XIV. — OF. or L. ministry rendering of service; function of a minister of religion XIV; body of ministers XVI (in politics XVIII). — L. ministerium.

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minister (in diplomacy)

minister, in diplomacy: see diplomatic service; extraterritoriality.

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minister (in parliamentary government)

minister, in government: see cabinet.

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minister

ministerbitter, committer, critter, embitter, emitter, fitter, flitter, fritter, glitter, gritter, hitter, jitter, knitter, litter, permitter, pitta, quitter, remitter, sitter, skitter, slitter, spitter, splitter, submitter, titter, transmitter, twitter, witter •drifter, grifter, lifter, shifter, sifter, snifter, uplifter •constrictor, contradictor, depicter, dicta, evictor, inflicter, predictor, victor •filter, kilter, philtre (US philter), quilter, tilter •Jacinta, midwinter, Minter, Pinta, Pinter, printer, splinter, sprinter, tinter, winter •sphincter •assister, ballista, bistre (US bister), blister, enlister, glister, lister, mister, resistor, Sandinista, sister, transistor, tryster, twister, vista •trickster •minster, spinster •hipster, quipster, tipster •cohabiter • arbiter • presbyter •exhibitor, inhibitor, prohibiter •Manchester • Chichester • Silchester •Rochester • Colchester •creditor, editor, subeditor •auditor • Perdita • taffeta • shopfitter •forfeiter • outfitter • counterfeiter •register • marketer •cricketer, picketer •Alistair • weightlifter • filleter •fillister • shoplifter •diameter, heptameter, hexameter, parameter, pentameter, tetrameter •Axminster • Westminster •limiter, perimeter, scimitar, velocimeter •accelerometer, anemometer, barometer, gasometer, geometer, manometer, micrometer, milometer, olfactometer, optometer, pedometer, photometer, pyrometer, speedometer, swingometer, tachometer, thermometer •Kidderminster • janitor •banister, canister •primogenitor, progenitor, senator •administer, maladminister, minister, sinister •monitor • per capita • carpenter •spanakopita • Jupiter • trumpeter •character • barrister • ferreter •teleprinter •chorister, forester •interpreter, misinterpreter •capacitor • ancestor • Exeter •stepsister •elicitor, solicitor •babysitter • house-sitter • bullshitter •competitor • catheter • harvester •riveter • banqueter • non sequitur •loquitur •inquisitor, visitor •compositor, expositor

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