(?), a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F. ministriel. See Minister, and cf. Minstrel.]
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1. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant.
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Enlightening spirits and ministerial flames.
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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.
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3. Tending to advance or promote; contributive. "Ministerial to intellectual culture." De Quincey.
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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.
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Syn. -- Official; priestly; sacerdotal; ecclesiastical.
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