Ministerial Min`is*te"ri*al, a. [L. ministerialis: cf. F. minist['e]riel. See {Minister}, and cf. {Minstrel}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to ministry or service; serving; attendant. [1913 Webster]

Enlightening spirits and ministerial flames. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. Tending to advance or promote; contributive. ``Ministerial to intellectual culture.'' --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Official; priestly; sacerdotal; ecclesiastical. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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