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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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"Don't say that too often, my dear friend, or you will injure her," said the minister's wife, half-laughing.
"Poor La Billardiere is dying," remarked his Excellency the minister; "that place falls to Rabourdin, one of our most able men, and to whom our predecessors did not behave well, though one of them actually owed his position in the prefecture of police under the Empire to a certain great personage who was interested in Rabourdin.
The new minister and his wife were a young, pleasant-faced couple, still on their honeymoon, and full of all good and beautiful enthusiasms for their chosen lifework.
Allan is too old to dance and sing and of course it wouldn't be dignified in a minister's wife.
"I do not know, sire," answered the minister of police.
The minister bowed his head, and while a deep color overspread his cheeks, he stammered out, --
"Heseltine thinks there's something behind this correspondence," the Prime Minister said slowly.
"There is another point," the Prime Minister continued.
The house next door to the Presbyterian Church, through the windows of which the minister had seen the sight that had so upset him, was occupied by two women.
Suddenly the minister shouted at the top of his voice: "Praise God from whom all blessings flow -- SING!
How could the minister possibly know the contents of the letter which had never been out of his keeping for a single instant?
"My poor woman," said the not unkind old minister, "the child shall be well cared for -- far better than thou canst do for it."

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