Definition of ministration in English:



  • 1formal, humorous The provision of assistance or care.

    ‘a kitchen made spotless by the ministrations of a cleaning lady’
    • ‘Another way is to say that while within the tender ministrations of Iranian authorities, she was beaten into a coma with a shoe and then left for three days before being taken her to a ‘hospital’, where she died.’
    • ‘Through the eager ministrations of a larger-than-life taxi-driver Spiro, who himself has a soft spot for Mother, the family move to a succession of different coloured villas.’
    • ‘As in the Crimea, the importance of basic hygiene was not understood, and gangrene, chronic sickness and the ministrations of ignorant medical personnel frequently finished off men who had survived the battlefield itself.’
    • ‘He is very good at it and doesn't need the ministrations of censors, interrupters, and editors who thoughtfully cut out important parts of his statements or replies.’
    • ‘Some patients died under the ministrations of one of these ‘masters of Qi Gong’ who was arrested and convicted in 1993.’
    • ‘The journal has already had a physical makeover and should benefit from the ministrations of Routledge's large editorial, production, and marketing staff.’
    • ‘Unwilling to wait and see a GP, they and their minor affliction head for Aberdeen Royal and the soothing ministrations of Ferguson.’
    • ‘The ministrations of his keepers have worked wonders for Simba, who now is able to walk about in his enclosure for any amount of time.’
    • ‘He had bravely hobbled home, unaided, ignored, to seek out the ministrations of wife and daughter.’
    • ‘I see it all now, now that she has been caressed and cajoled into life, brought out of herself by a the tender ministrations of someone who understands her needs.’
    • ‘Such early death was all too frequent, the patients often helped on their way by the ministrations of physicians who knew only one ‘cure’ - bleeding.’
    • ‘You said the word ‘fear’, does that go past the ministrations of your mother?’
    • ‘She is a cuddly sort of cat, and has been raised under the tender ministrations of three kids.’
    • ‘He became visibly annoyed when we offered him what was less obeisance than he expected and demanded and soon walked off with flaming cheeks, leaving us to the ministrations of his staff.’
    • ‘Thanks to Patrick and Madeleine Rigard, who have owned the chateau for the last nine years, their young and attentive staff, and the spoiling ministrations of their chef de cuisine, Alain Gouraud, Chaumontel fairly bustles with life.’
    • ‘But the ministrations of the grounds crew had succeeded in imparting a friendly, hospitable air to it, one that was beginning to cover over the remembered apprehension that was still attached to it in her mind.’
    • ‘Make that ‘memorable’ - thanks to the ministrations of chef Yannick Alleno.’
    • ‘It wasn't that she lacked strength; a more precise description would be that her independent nature had wasted away and shriveled up beneath the careful and diligent ministrations of her father.’
    • ‘From Poor Richard to Dale Carnegie to Tony Robbins, we love the idea that we can fix what's broken by ourselves, without the expensive ministrations of doctor or shrink.’
    • ‘People work better if they have not been subjected to the tender ministrations of Network Rail or the motorway and they can be more effective at home without the many distractions of the office.’
    attention, treatment, help, assistance, aid, care, services, succour, relief, support
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  • 2The services of a minister of religion or of a religious institution.

    ‘the ministrations of Father Martin’
    • ‘New Testament pastors are called ‘ministers of the Spirit’ because the Holy Spirit plants and perpetuates God's life in his saints through their public and private ministrations.’
    • ‘In any case, all churches' services and ministrations were in principle available to all men and women.’
    • ‘The island of Varappuzha from which the Archdiocese derived its name was the idyllic setting the fathers of the Order of Carmelites Discalced chose to begin their ministrations in what was then called the Vicariate of Malabar.’
    act of assistance, good turn, favour, kindness, helping hand
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    1. 2.1[mass noun]The action of administering the sacrament.
      ‘the celebration and ministration of the sacraments’
      • ‘This virtual wish to be and to remain partners in marriage, which is not annulled by the reception of baptism, is an entity in the parties in which may be found the ministration of the sacrament.’
      • ‘It was altogether fitting that the ministration of the sacraments be given, not to the angels, but to men.’


Late Middle English: from Latin ministratio(n-), from ministrare wait upon, from minister (see minister).