What does Ministry mean?

Definitions for Ministry
ˈmɪn ə strimin·ist·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ministrynoun

    religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)

  2. ministrynoun

    building where the business of a government department is transacted

  3. ministrynoun

    a government department under the direction of a minister

  4. ministrynoun

    the work of a minister of religion

    "he is studying for the ministry"


  1. ministrynoun

    Government department, at the administrative level normally headed by a minister (or equivalent rank, e.g. secretary of state), who holds it as portfolio, especially in a constitutional monarchy

    She works for the ministry of finance.

  2. ministrynoun

    The complete body of government ministers (whether or not they are in cabinet) under the leadership of a head of government (such as a prime minister)

    The premier offered his last ministry's resignation to the monarch, and is asked the form a new one in accordance with the election results

  3. ministrynoun

    A ministration

  4. ministrynoun

    The active practice and education of the minister of a particular religion or faith.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ministrynoun

    Etymology: contracted from ministery; ministerium, Lat.

    So far is an indistinction of all persons, and, by consequence, an anarchy of all things, so far from being agreeable to the will of God, declared in his great houshold, the world, and especially in all the ministries of his proper household the church, that there was never yet any time, I believe, since it was a number, when some of its members were not more sacred than others. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Their ministry perform’d, and race well run,
    Their doctrine and their story written left,
    They die. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    Saint Paul was miraculously called to the ministry of the gospel, and had the whole doctrine of the gospel from God by immediate revelation; and was appointed the apostle of the Gentiles for propagating it in the heathen world. John Locke.

    The natural world he made after a miraculous manner; but directs the affairs of it ever since by standing rules, and the ordinary ministry of second causes. Francis Atterbury.

    The poets introduced the ministry of the gods, and taught the separate existence of human souls. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    He safe from loud alarms,
    Abhorr’d the wicked ministry of arms. John Dryden, Æn.

    I converse in full freedom with many considerable men of both parties; and if not in equal number, it is purely accidental, as happening to have made acquaintance at court more under one ministry than another. Jonathan Swift.


  1. ministry

    A ministry is a governmental department headed by a minister, responsible for specific areas of public policy, government function, or public administration. It can also refer to the work or vocation of a minister of religion, involving leading church services, preaching, and performing spiritual counseling. Additionally, it may describe any activity that serves others or fulfills a calling, often affiliated with religious or humanitarian work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ministrynoun

    the act of ministering; ministration; service

  2. Ministrynoun

    agency; instrumentality

  3. Ministrynoun

    the office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession

  4. Ministrynoun

    the body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body

  5. Ministrynoun

    administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt

  6. Etymology: [L. ministerium. See Minister, n., and cf. Mystery a trade.]


  1. Ministry

    Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave - synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the late 1980s. Ministry found mainstream success in the early 1990s with its most successful album Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs and touring as part of the Lollapalooza festival. After 27 years of performing, Jourgensen decided to end the band in 2008, and since then stated that a reunion would never happen. However, on August 7, 2011, a reunion was announced, when Ministry confirmed that they will play one of their first shows in 4 years at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2012. Ministry released a new album, titled Relapse, on March 23, 2012, which was followed by a world tour.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ministry' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2063

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ministry' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3518

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ministry' in Nouns Frequency: #845

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ministry in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ministry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Ministry in a Sentence

  1. Prosecutor General:

    These individuals hold key positions in the Presidential Administration, State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus( Belarusian KGB), Ministry of Internal Affairs, Investigative Committee, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Sport and Tourism, State Border Committee, Ministry of Health, Constitutional Court, Prosecutor General's Office, and district courts in Minsk.

  2. Edward Bedore:

    As we face a new era of world history, there is an urgent need for the true Church of Jesus Christ, the Body of Christ, to be about the business God has called us to, the work of ministry. And this is a work that every believer is called to be actively involved in.

  3. Olaf Scholz:

    We have earmarked big funds for investments; for example, in the budgets of the transport ministry, economy ministry, science ministry and construction ministry.

  4. Vitaly Mutko:

    The Russian Sports Ministry supports and welcomes the decision made by WADA because The Russian Sports Ministry has showed a willingness to understand the situation, rather than stick to the rulebook, they were ready to study how long The Russian Sports Ministry would take for meldonium to be eliminated from the body of an athlete.

  5. N. P. Willis:

    If there is anything that keeps the mind open to angel visits, and repels the ministry of evil, it is pure human love.

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