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missionary position

[ mish-uh-ner-ee puh-zish-uhn ]
/ ˈmɪʃ ə nɛr i pəˌzɪʃ ən /
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noun

a face-to-face sex position in which a heterosexual couple lies flat with the male on top, or a same-sex couple lies in a similar, supine-to-prone position.

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Origin of missionary position

First recorded in 1945–50; so called because it was allegedly advocated by Christian missionaries working among Indigenous peoples
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missionary position

noun

informal a position for sexual intercourse in which the man lies on top of the woman and they are face to face

Word Origin for missionary position

C20: from the belief that missionaries advocated this as the proper position to primitive peoples among whom it was unknown
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