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Pronunciation:  `mini'steereeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  of or relating to a government minister or ministry; "ministerial decree"
  2. [adj]  of or relating to a minister of religion or the minister's office; "ministerial duties"

MINISTERIAL is a 11 letter word that starts with M.


Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Min`is*te"ri*al\, a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F.
minist['e]riel. See {Minister}, and cf. {Minstrel}.]
1. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving;

         Enlightening spirits and ministerial flames.

2. Of or pertaining to the office of a minister or to the
   ministry as a body, whether civil or sacerdotal.
   ``Ministerial offices.'' --Bacon. ``A ministerial
   measure.'' --Junius. ``Ministerial garments.'' --Hooker.

3. Tending to advance or promote; contributive. ``Ministerial
   to intellectual culture.'' --De Quincey.

{The ministerial benches}, the benches in the House of
   Commons occupied by members of the cabinet and their
   supporters; -- also, the persons occupying them. ``Very
   solid and very brilliant talents distinguish the
   ministerial benches.'' --Burke.

Syn: Official; priestly; sacerdotal; ecclesiastical.

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