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ministry

  

      n   pl   , -tries  
1   
a    the profession or duties of a minister of religion  
b    the performance of these duties  
2    ministers of religion or government ministers considered collectively  
3    the tenure of a minister  
4   
a    a government department headed by a minister  
b    the buildings of such a department  
     (C14: from Latin ministerium service, from minister servant; see minister)  
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