1. religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
2. building where the business of a government department is transacted
3. a government department under the direction of a minister
4. the work of a minister of religion
; - Example: "he is studying for the ministry"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ministry \Min"is*try\, n.; pl. Ministries . [L. ministerium. See
Minister, n., and cf. Mystery a trade.]
1. The act of ministering; ministration; service. "With
tender ministry." --Thomson.
2. Hence: Agency; instrumentality.
The ordinary ministry of second causes. --Atterbury.
The wicked ministry of arms. --Dryden.
3. The office, duties, or functions of a minister, servant,
or agent; ecclesiastical, executive, or ambassadorial
function or profession.
4. The body of ministers of state; also, the clergy, as a
5. Administration; rule; term in power; as, the ministry of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: religious ministers collectively (especially Presbyterian)
2: building where the business of a government department is
3: a government department under the direction of a minister
4: the work of a minister of religion; "he is studying for the
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
123 Moby Thesaurus words for "ministry":
Sacred College, administration, advisory council, agency, agent,
aid, assistance, attendance, auspices, bailiwick, benefit, bureau,
bureaucracy, cabinet, camarilla, care, channel, charge, clergy,
clerical order, clericals, comfort, commissariat, constablery,
constablewick, constabulary, council, council of state, cure,
custodianship, custody, department, directorate, divan, ease,
employ, employment, good offices, governance, government,
guardianship, guidance, hands, help, hierarchy, higher echelons,
higher-ups, holy orders, instrument, instrumentality,
instrumentation, jurisdiction, keeping, kitchen cabinet,
management, mean, medium, ministration, municipality, office,
offices, officialdom, organ, oversight, pastorage, pastorate,
pastorship, patronage, peonage, prelacy, presbytery, priestery,
priesthood, privy council, protection, protectorship, rabbinate,
relief, religion, remedy, rescue, ruling class, ruling classes,
sacred calling, safe hands, secretariat, serfdom, service,
servitium, servitorship, servitude, shadow cabinet, sheriffalty,
sheriffwick, shrievalty, slavery, stewardship, succor, support,
tendance, the Establishment, the administration, the authorities,
the church, the cloth, the ingroup, the interests,
the people upstairs, the power elite, the power structure,
the pulpit, the top, them, therapy, they, top brass, tutelage,
vehicle, ward, wardenship, wardship, watch and ward, wing