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minister,

in diplomacy: see diplomatic servicediplomatic service,
organized body of agents maintained by governments to communicate with one another. Origins

Until the 15th cent. any formal communication or negotiation among nations was conducted either by means of ambassadors specially appointed for a
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; extraterritorialityextraterritoriality
or exterritoriality,
privilege of immunity from local law enforcement enjoyed by certain aliens. Although physically present upon the territory of a foreign nation, those aliens possessing extraterritoriality are considered by customary
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minister,

in government: see cabinetcabinet,
group of advisers to the head of the state who themselves are usually the heads of the administrative government departments. The nature of the cabinet differs widely in various countries.
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Minister

 

a clergyman in a Protestant church. Unlike Catholic and Eastern Orthodox priests, a minister is not considered the exclusive possessor of “divine grace,” has few or no special vestments, and practices a way of life that is usual for laymen.

minister

1. (esp in Presbyterian and some Nonconformist Churches) a member of the clergy
2. a person appointed to head a government department
3. any diplomatic agent accredited to a foreign government or head of state
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I told him, "that in the kingdom of Tribnia, (3) by the natives called Langdon, (4) where I had sojourned some time in my travels, the bulk of the people consist in a manner wholly of discoverers, witnesses, informers, accusers, prosecutors, evidences, swearers, together with their several subservient and subaltern instruments, all under the colours, the conduct, and the pay of ministers of state, and their deputies.
They pointed to the empty loom, and the poor old minister went forward rubbing his eyes; but he could see nothing, for there was nothing there.
de Blacas pondered deeply between the confident monarch and the truthful minister.
Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them.
Hutchinson's lectures soon caused a great disturbance; for the ministers of Boston did not think it safe and proper that a woman should publicly instruct the people in religious doctrines.
Then, monsieur," said Mazarin, who began to be irritated, "you will neither see the minister nor the king.
The Prime Minister hasn't brought a valet; he's brought a secretary instead," observed Fisher.
It would be better," said Aramis, bowing, "that I should not be appointed first minister until your royal highness has procured my nomination as cardinal.
Prince Andrew felt that either the actions of Kutuzov's army interested the Minister of War less than any of the other matters he was concerned with, or he wanted to give the Russian special messenger that impression.
A moment later he reappeared and conducted the caller into the presence of the minister.
I forgot to tell you what happened the day the minister called here.
The Prime Minister consulted a calendar which lay open before him.

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