ministry
noun (plural -tries) Date: 14th century 1. ministration 2. the office, duties, or functions of a minister 3. the body of ministers of religion ; clergy 4. a person or thing through which something is accomplished ; agency, instrumentality 5. the period of service or office of a minister or ministry 6. often capitalized a. the body of ministers governing a nation or state from which a smaller cabinet is sometimes selected b. the group of ministers constituting a cabinet 7. a. a government department presided over by a minister b. the building in which the business of a ministry is transacted

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