American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is sent on a mission, especially one sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.
- n. One who attempts to persuade or convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
- adj. Of or relating to missions or missionaries.
- adj. Engaged in the activities of a mission or missionary.
- adj. Tending to propagandize or use insistent persuasion: missionary fervor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to missions, especially Christian missions; proper to one sent on a mission; characteristic of a propagandist: as, a missionary society or meeting; missionary funds; missionary work; missionary zeal or energy.
- n. One who is sent upon a mission; an envoy or messenger.
- n. Specifically, a person sent by ecclesiastical authority to labor for the propagation of his religious faith in a community where his church has no self-supporting indigenous organization; hence, any propagandist.
- n. A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed.
- n. pejorative A religious messenger.
- n. uncountable A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion.
- adj. Of or pertaining to missions
- n. someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
- adj. relating to or connected to a religious mission
- n. someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country
- mission + -ary (Wiktionary)
“This missionary had a son in the school, and I noticed that, whatever the missionary might have said or done with regard to others, he was careful not to take his son away from the institution.”
“This, be it remembered, is the testimony of an ideal industrial missionary, who, however, was also much more than a mere industrial missionary*”
Africa and the American Negro...Addresses and Proceedings of the Congress on Africa Held Under the Auspices of the Stewart Missionary Foundation for Africa of Gammon Theological Seminary in Connection with the Cotton States and International Exposition December 13-15, 1895.
“The word missionary always seemed to facilitate entry when needed.”
“The statistics concerning the personnel of the mission should state how many are priests, the term missionary being used exclusively of such.”
“Since the Cooch seems awfully interested in what consenting adults do in private the follow up question regarding “the acts” part of his response should have been whether missionary is the only “culturally normal” form of hetero sex.”
“Since the Cooch seems awfully interested in what consenting adults do in private the follow up question regarding “the acts” part of his response should have been whether missionary is the only “culturally normal” form of hetero sex”
“So now a third phase has begun: the Service signals, in a report of some 94 pages, the emergence of professionally-organized Dawa preaching, which it defines as the missionary spreading of a radical-Islamic ideology from a Salafist angle, which explicitly does not champion violence.”
“And such growth does -- it must -- lead on directly to the gathering in of souls into the Lord's kingdom; it must arouse that which we call the missionary spirit in the Church, which was illustrated, as never before nor since, in the life and example of Him Who came "to seek and to save that which was lost"; which was inculcated by Him when”
“I went to the medicine-man, what you call missionary, and had large talk about the bad water and the payment that should be mine.”
“But, Trotter said, "the primary reason for changes in missionary numbers is the fluctuating population of available missionary-age members.”
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