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By whom, let us ask, had this Minister been brought into power?

"You have wandered long in the wilderness," continued the minister.

"Not till I heard the minister's kind voice," was the reply.

According to my promise, I saw the minister on the following day.

There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.

The minister had a serious countenance, and was very placid.

In my case, the minister himself proposed to apply for my testimonials.

He did me the honor to repeat it aloud; but the Minister's answer was not heard.

There is no minister here 'trammelled by long years of narrowing education.'

The minister was weakening most lamentably, giving her husband a loophole to escape.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "one who acts upon the authority of another," from Old French menistre "servant, valet, member of a household staff, administrator, musician, minstrel" (12c.), from Latin minister (genitive ministri) "inferior, servant, priest's assistant" (in Medieval Latin, "priest"), from minus, minor "less," hence "subordinate," (see minus) + comparative suffix *-teros. Formed on model of magister. Meaning "priest" is attested in English from early 14c. Political sense of "high officer of the state" is attested from 1620s, from notion of "service to the crown."

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