1formal, humorous The provision of assistance or care.
attention, treatment, help, assistance, aid, care, services, succour, relief, support
- ‘the kitchen was made spotless by the ministrations of a cleaning lady’
2The services of a minister of religion or of a religious institution.
act of assistance, good turn, favour, kindness, helping hand
- ‘the ministrations of Father Martin’
- 2.1The action of administering the sacrament.
- ‘the celebration and ministration of the sacraments’
Late Middle English from Latin ministratio(n-), from ministrare ‘wait upon’, from minister (see minister).
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