Missionary

  • 1 Missionary — Mis sion*ary, n.; pl. {Missionaries}. [Cf. F. missionnaire. See {Mission}, n.] One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion. Swift. [1913 Webster] {Missionary apostolic}, a Roman Catholic missionary sent by commission… …

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  • 2 Missionary — Mis sion*a*ry, a. Of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 missionary — ► NOUN (pl. missionaries) ▪ a person sent on a religious mission. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or characteristic of a missionary or religious mission …

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  • 4 missionary — [n] person who aids, does religious work apostle, clergy, clergyperson, converter, evangelist, herald, messenger, minister, missioner, pastor, preacher, promoter, propagandist, proselytizer, revivalist, teacher; concepts 361,416 …

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  • 5 missionary — [mish′ənərmish′əner΄ē] adj. [ModL (Ec) missionarius] of or characteristic of missions or missionaries, esp. religious ones n. pl. missionaries a person sent on a mission, esp. on a religious mission: also missioner [mish′ənər] …

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  • 6 Missionary — For other uses, see Missionary (disambiguation). A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care and economic development.[1][2]… …

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  • 7 missionary — mis|sion|a|ry1 [ˈmıʃənəri US neri] n plural missionaries someone who has been sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity and persuade them to become Christians missionary 2 missionary2 adj [only before noun] 1.) relating to the… …

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  • 8 missionary — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ foreign ▪ pioneer ▪ evangelical, medical ▪ Catholic, Protestant, etc …

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  • 9 missionary — {{11}}missionary (adj.) sent on a mission, 1640s, from Mod.L. missionarius pertaining to a mission, from L. missionem (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). {{12}}missionary (n.) 1650s, from MISSIONARY (Cf. missionary) (adj.). Missionary position attested… …

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  • 10 missionary — [[t]mɪ̱ʃənri, neri[/t]] missionaries 1) N COUNT A missionary is a Christian who has been sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Missionary is used to describe the activities of missionaries. You should be in… …

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  • 11 missionary — UK [ˈmɪʃ(ə)n(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈmɪʃ(ə)nˌerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms missionary : singular missionary plural missionaries someone who has been sent to a place by a religious organization to teach the people there about a particular religion a… …

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  • 12 missionary — n. 1) a foreign; medical missionary 2) a missionary from; to * * * [ mɪʃən(ə)rɪ] medicalmissionary to a foreign a missionary from …

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  • 13 missionary — mis|sion|ar|y [ mıʃn,eri ] noun count someone who has been sent to a foreign country by a religious organization to teach the people there about a particular religion: a missionary to South Africa Bradley spent the next two years doing missionary …

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  • 14 missionary — /mish euh ner ee/, n., pl. missionaries, adj. n. Also, missioner. 1. a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work. 2. a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles …

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  • 15 MISSIONARY —    a PERSON who propagates a RELIGION. The nineteenth century saw a great surge of missionary activity among CHRISTIANS which led to the spread of CHRISTIANITY throughout the world. In recent years there has been a rebirth of missionary ISLAMIC… …

    Concise dictionary of Religion

  • 16 missionary — adj. & n. adj. of, concerned with, or characteristic of, religious missions. n. (pl. ies) a person doing missionary work. Phrases and idioms: missionary position colloq. a position for sexual intercourse with the woman lying on her back and the… …

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  • 17 missionary — I. noun (plural aries) Date: 1625 a person undertaking a mission and especially a religious mission II. adjective Date: 1644 1. relating to, engaged in, or devoted to missions 2. characteristic of a missionary …

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  • 18 missionary — noun (plural missionaries) a person sent on a religious mission. adjective of or characteristic of a missionary or religious mission …

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  • 19 missionary — noun (C) someone who has been sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity and persuade them to become Christians: She spent 20 years in Africa as a missionary …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 missionary — noun Liddell died in occupied China, where he had been a missionary Syn: evangelist, apostle, proselytizer, preacher, minister, priest; historical black robe …

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