Ministry Min"is*try, n.; pl. Ministries . [L. ministerium. See {Minister}, n., and cf. {Mystery} a trade.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of ministering; ministration; service. ``With tender ministry.'' --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence: Agency; instrumentality. [1913 Webster]

The ordinary ministry of second causes. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

The wicked ministry of arms. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant, or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial function or profession. [1913 Webster]

4. The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a body. [1913 Webster]

5. Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of Pitt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.