Definition of Missionary

1. Noun. Someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program.

2. Adjective. Relating to or connected to a religious mission.
Exact synonyms: Missional
Partainyms: Mission, Mission

3. Noun. Someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country.

Definition of Missionary

1. n. One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion.

2. a. Of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund.

Definition of Missionary

1. Noun. A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed. ¹

2. Noun. (pejorative) A religious messenger. ¹

3. Noun. A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse. ¹

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Definition of Missionary

1. [n -RIES]

Medical Definition of Missionary

1. One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion. Missionary apostolic, a Roman Catholic missionary sent by commission from the pope. Origin: Cf. F. Missionnaire. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Missionary

mission bells
mission creep
mission impossible
mission kill
mission mix
mission mixture
mission statement
mission statements
missionary linguist
missionary post
missionary station
missionary work

Literary usage of Missionary

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"Missionaries missionary hall of fame. MU R 38:380 My '15 What were the apostles? ... Mis R 38:364-6 My '15 See also Missions missionary advertising. ..."

2. Proceedings of the ... Annual Convention by Religious Education Association (1905)
"The great outstanding fact that seventeen of the leading missionary societies of this country have been led within recent years to give special attention to ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"This movement is in no sense a missionary board. It never has sent out a missionary, and never will. It is simply a recruiting agency. ..."

4. A History of the People of the United States: From the Revolution to the by John Bach McMaster (1895)
"No such thing as a foreign missionary society then existed in the United States. The New York missionary Society, the Connecticut missionary Society, ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"When a young man wished to marry he approached the missionary, who would ... The missionary dictated the punishment which was ever tempered with mercy. ..."

6. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"He was one of the founders of the Baptist missionary Society, its first secretary, ... A missionary in India, whom he had sharply admonished, thus replied, ..."

7. The Cumulative Book Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Young people's missionary movement. Cook, CA Stewardship and missions. «50c; pa. ... Manual of missionary methods for Sunday-school workers, bds. *50c. '08. ..."

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