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missionary

[mish-uh-ner-ee] /ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i/
noun, plural missionaries. 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, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.
3.
a person who is sent on a mission.
adjective
4.
pertaining to or connected with religious missions.
5.
engaged in such a mission, or devoted to work connected with missions.
6.
reflecting or prompted by the desire to persuade or convert others:
the missionary efforts of political fanatics.
7.
characteristic of a missionary.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Neo-Latin missiōnārius. See mission, -ary
Related forms
nonmissionary, adjective, noun, plural nonmissionaries.
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British Dictionary definitions for mission aries

missionary

/ˈmɪʃənərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
a member of a religious mission
adjective
2.
of or relating to missionaries missionary work
3.
resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefs missionary zeal
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Word Origin and History for mission aries
missionary
1656, from mission (q.v.). Missionary position first attested 1969; allegedly so called because Christian missionaries forced it on "primitive" people to replace their more creative variations.
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