What is the antonym of “minister”?
The antonyms of minister are layman, layperson, and nonprofessional. These words describe people who do not hold a professional or official position in a religious or governmental organization.
Brief Definitions of the Antonym(s)
Learn when and how to use these words with these examples!
A person who is not a member of the clergy; a non-professional in a particular field.
As a layman, he did not have the authority to perform religious ceremonies.
A person who is not an expert in a particular field; a non-professional.
The book was written for the layperson and did not require any prior knowledge of the subject.
Not belonging to or trained in a specific profession; lacking professional status.
The play was performed by a group of nonprofessional actors who had never acted before.
How are these antonyms different from each other?
- 1Layman and layperson both refer to someone who is not a professional in a particular field, but layman is more commonly used in a religious context.
- 2Nonprofessional is a broader term that can refer to anyone who lacks professional status or training.
Good things to know
- 1Religious Context: Use layman to describe someone who is not a member of the clergy.
- 2General Context: Use layperson or nonprofessional to describe someone who is not an expert or professional in a particular field.
- 3Professional Context: Use nonprofessional to describe someone who lacks professional status or training.