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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Minister  \Min"is*ter\,  n.  [OE.  ministre,  F.  ministre,  fr  L. 
  minister,  orig.  a  double  comparative  from  the  root  of  minor 
  less  and  hence  meaning,  an  inferior,  a  servant.  See  1st 
  {Minor},  and  cf  {Master},  {Minstrel}.] 
  1.  A  servant;  a  subordinate;  an  officer  or  assistant  of 
  inferior  rank;  hence  an  agent,  an  instrument. 
 
  Moses  rose  up  and  his  minister  Joshua.  --Ex.  xxiv. 
  13. 
 
  I  chose  Camillo  for  the  minister,  to  poison  My 
  friend  Polixenes  --Shak. 
 
  2.  An  officer  of  justice.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  cry  out  the  on  the  ministres,  quod  he  That 
  shoulde  keep  and  rule  this  cit['e].  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  One  to  whom  the  sovereign  or  executive  head  of  a 
  government  intrusts  the  management  of  affairs  of  state,  or 
  some  department  of  such  affairs. 
 
  Ministers  to  kings,  whose  eyes,  ears,  and  hands  they 
  are  must  be  answerable  to  God  and  man.  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  A  representative  of  a  government,  sent  to  the  court,  or 
  seat  of  government,  of  a  foreign  nation  to  transact 
  diplomatic  business. 
 
  Note:  Ambassadors  are  classed  (in  the  diplomatic  sense)  in 
  the  first  rank  of  public  ministers,  ministers 
  plenipotentiary  in  the  second  ``The  United  States 
  diplomatic  service  employs  two  classes  of  ministers,  -- 
  ministers  plenipotentiary  and  ministers  resident.'' 
  --Abbott. 
 
  5.  One  who  serves  at  the  altar;  one  who  performs  sacerdotal 
  duties;  the  pastor  of  a  church  duly  authorized  or  licensed 
  to  preach  the  gospel  and  administer  the  sacraments. 
  --Addison. 
 
  Syn:  Delegate;  official;  ambassador;  clergyman;  parson; 
  priest. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Minister  \Min"is*ter\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Ministered};  p.  pr 
  &  vb  n.  {Ministering}.]  [OE.  ministren,  OF  ministrer,  fr 
  L.  ministrare  See  {Minister},  n.] 
  To  furnish  or  apply;  to  afford;  to  supply;  to  administer. 
 
  He  that  ministereth  seed  to  the  sower.  --2  Cor.  ix 
  10. 
 
  We  minister  to  God  reason  to  suspect  us  --Jer.  Taylor. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Minister  \Min"is*ter\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  act  as  a  servant,  attendant,  or  agent;  to  attend  and 
  serve;  to  perform  service  in  any  office,  sacred  or 
  secular. 
 
  The  Son  of  man  came  not  to  be  ministered  unto,  but 
  to  minister.  --Matt.  xx 
  28. 
 
  2.  To  supply  or  to  things  needful;  esp.,  to  supply 
  consolation  or  remedies.  --Matt.  xxv.  44. 
 
  Canst  thou  not  minister  to  a  mind  diseased?  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  minister 
  n  1:  a  person  authorized  to  conduct  religious  worship  [syn:  {curate}, 
  {parson},  {pastor},  {rector}] 
  2:  a  person  appointed  to  a  high  office  in  the  government; 
  "Minister  of  Finance"  [syn:  {government  minister}] 
  3:  a  diplomat  representing  one  government  to  another;  ranks 
  below  ambassador  [syn:  {diplomatic  minister}] 
  4:  (British)  the  job  of  a  head  of  a  government  department 
  v  1:  attend  to  the  wants  and  needs  of  others  "I  have  to  minister 
  to  my  mother  all  the  time" 
  2:  work  as  a  minister 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Minister 
  one  who  serves,  as  distinguished  from  the  master.  (1.)  Heb. 
  meshereth  applied  to  an  attendant  on  one  of  superior  rank,  as 
  to  Joshua,  the  servant  of  Moses  (Ex.  33:11),  and  to  the  servant 
  of  Elisha  (2  Kings  4:43).  This  name  is  also  given  to  attendants 
  at  court  (2  Chr.  22:8),  and  to  the  priests  and  Levites  (Jer. 
  33:21;  Ezek.  44:11). 
 
  (2.)  Heb.  pelah  (Ezra  7:24),  a  minister"  of  religion.  Here 
  used  of  that  class  of  sanctuary  servants  called  "Solomon's 
  servants"  in  Ezra  2:55-58  and  Neh.  7:57-60. 
 
  (3.)  Greek  leitourgos  a  subordinate  public  administrator,  and 
  in  this  sense  applied  to  magistrates  (Rom.  13:6).  It  is  applied 
  also  to  our  Lord  (Heb.  8:2),  and  to  Paul  in  relation  to  Christ 
  (Rom.  15:16). 
 
  (4.)  Greek  hyperetes  (literally,  "under-rower"),  a  personal 
  attendant  on  a  superior,  thus  of  the  person  who  waited  on  the 
  officiating  priest  in  the  synagogue  (Luke  4:20).  It  is  applied 
  also  to  John  Mark,  the  attendant  on  Paul  and  Barnabas  (Acts 
  13:5). 
 
  (5.)  Greek  diaconos  usually  a  subordinate  officer  or 
  assistant  employed  in  relation  to  the  ministry  of  the  gospel,  as 
  to  Paul  and  Apollos  (1  Cor.  3:5),  Tychicus  (Eph.  6:21),  Epaphras 
  (Col.  1:7),  Timothy  (1  Thess.  3:2),  and  also  to  Christ  (Rom. 
  15:8). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  MINISTER,  n.  An  agent  of  a  higher  power  with  a  lower  responsibility. 
  In  diplomacy  and  officer  sent  into  a  foreign  country  as  the  visible 
  embodiment  of  his  sovereign's  hostility.  His  principal  qualification 
  is  a  degree  of  plausible  inveracity  next  below  that  of  an  ambassador. 
 
 




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