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Synonyms of 'minister'

(noun) 
Definition
a head of a government department
She was named minister of culture.
Synonyms
member of the government
,
secretary
, ,
secretary of state
,
cabinet minister
,
political leader
(noun) 
Definition
a diplomat with a lower rank than an ambassador
He concluded a deal with the Danish minister in Washington.
Synonyms
official
a senior UN official
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ambassador
the German ambassador to Poland
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diplomat
the senior American diplomat responsible for the Middle East
,
delegate
The rebels' chief delegate repeated their demands.
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executive
a senior bank executive
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administrator
He worked for 34 years as an administrator with the company.
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envoy
A French envoy arrived in Beirut on Sunday.
,
cabinet member
,
office-holder
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plenipotentiary
the British Plenipotentiary to the UN Conference
(noun) 
Definition
(esp. in Presbyterian and some Nonconformist Churches) a member of the clergy
My father was a Baptist minister.
Synonyms
clergyman or woman
The crowds were protesting against a local clergyman being banned from preaching.
,
priest
He had trained to be a Catholic priest.
,
divine
He had the air of a divine.
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vicar
the vicar of the local parish
,
parson
At that time, the parish did not have a resident parson.
,
preacher
a self-educated Methodist lay preacher
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pastor
the pastor of the local Episcopalian church
,
chaplain
,
cleric
,
rector
He was the rector of the church.
,
curate
,
churchman or woman
,
padre (informal)
Many soldiers found the padre a comforting presence.
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ecclesiastic
He was sent to a school run by ecclesiastics.
(noun) 
Synonyms
assistant
He had been accompanied to the meeting by an assistant.
, , ,
aide
a close aide to the prime minister
,
lieutenant
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subordinate
Her subordinates respected her.
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underling (derogatory)
underlings who do the dirty work

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in the sense of administrator
Definition
a person who administers an organization or estate
He worked for 34 years as an administrator with the company.
Synonyms
boss (informal),
controller,
gaffer (informal, British),
mandarin,
baas (South Africa, offensive)
in the sense of aide
Definition
an assistant
a close aide to the prime minister
Synonyms
right-hand man or woman or person,
adjutant,
coadjutor (rare)
in the sense of ambassador
Definition
a diplomat of the highest rank, sent to another country as permanent representative of his or her own country
the German ambassador to Poland

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