One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A kind-hearted person, especially a woman, who nurses or comforts others.
- ‘To many men, a nurse in a pub might just be mistaken for a ministering angel.’
- ‘Well, a ministering angel flew out of the night.’
- ‘Bob Geldolf rightly pointed out that not all women are ministering angels.’
- ‘They often descend in the guise of ministering angels to perform hidden deeds of mercy.’
- ‘They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.’
- ‘Besides, she was a distinguished Indologist with her own career to pursue, whereas Elizabeth was a ministering angel.’
- ‘In William Wellman's ‘Night Nurse,’ she serves as ministering angel to a wounded bootlegger and two rich children being starved to death.’
- ‘I had chosen Mira because, apart from her ministering angel looks, she possessed both these qualities in ample amounts.’
Early 17th century: with biblical allusion to Mark 1:13.
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