Origin of mission
Related Words for missionduty, office, profession, trade, operation, vocation, trust, end, goal, errand, commission, charge, objective, business, assignment, object, sortie, job, quest, pursuit
Examples from the Web for mission
Contemporary Examples of mission
We knew that many academics today would consider our mission naïve.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
As the fight raged on, Ahmed and the three women fighters who were part of the mission, sent out calls for help.The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS
Mohammed A. Salih
December 27, 2014
I asked him to describe the U.S. mission that will likely revert back to the embassy it was more than a half century ago.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
The mission is to teach any person to use technology for independence and empowerment no matter where they are located.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics
December 10, 2014
Despite the inherent risk, the president decided the mission was crucial.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
December 6, 2014
Historical Examples of mission
Our mission is not punishment, but the rectification of wrong.
Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.
Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation.
The hours seemed like days to George while Hardy was on his mission.Life in London
It is our mission, as the plants and the lower living things have theirs.The Conquest of Fear
- a special embassy sent to a foreign country for a specific purpose
- USa permanent legation
- a group of people sent by a religious body, esp a Christian church, to a foreign country to do religious and social work
- the campaign undertaken by such a group
- the work or calling of a missionary
- a building or group of buildings in which missionary work is performed
- the area assigned to a particular missionary
Word Origin for mission
1590s, "a sending abroad," originally of Jesuits, from Latin missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending, a despatching; a release, a setting at liberty; discharge from service, dismissal," noun of action from past participle stem of mittere "to send," oldest form probably *smittere, of unknown origin.
Diplomatic sense of "body of persons sent to a foreign land on commercial or political business" is from 1620s. In American English, sometimes "an embassy" (1805). Meaning "dispatch of an aircraft on a military operation" (1929, American English) later extended to spacecraft flights (1962), hence, mission control (1964). As a style of furniture, said to be imitative of furniture in the buildings of original Spanish missions to North America, it is attested from 1900.