subminister

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin subministrō, sumministrō (equivalent to English sub- + minister)

Verb[edit]

subminister ‎(third-person singular simple present subministers, present participle subministering, simple past and past participle subministered)

  1. (archaic) to supply; to administer
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir M. Hale to this entry?)
  2. (archaic) to be subservient (to)
    • L'Estrange
      Our passions [] subminister to the best and worst purposes.

Noun[edit]

subminister ‎(plural subministers)

  1. a subordinate minister