ministry of waxing



[li-vahy-uh-thuh n] 

1. (often initial capital letter) Bible. a sea monster.

2. any huge marine animal, as the whale.

3. anything of immense size and power, as a huge, oceangoing ship.

4. (initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical work (1651) by Thomas Hobbes dealing with the political organization of society.

1350-1400; Middle English levyathan < Late Latin leviathan ≪ Hebrew liwyāthān

“This 2000-strong bureaucratic leviathan allocates its budgets through the various ministries.”
- Misha Glenny, “Science waxes and wanes in Gorbachov’s age of reform,” New Scientist, 1988