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missionary

[ mish-uh-ner-ee ]
/ ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i /
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noun, plural mis·sion·ar·ies. Also mis·sion·er.

a person sent by a church into an area to carry on evangelism or other activities, as educational or hospital work.
a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.
a person who is sent on a mission.

adjective

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Nearby words

mission control, mission creep, mission specialist, mission statement, mission viejo, missionary, missionary apostolic, missionary position, missionary ridge, missioner, missionize

Origin of missionary

From the New Latin word missiōnārius, dating back to 1635–45. See mission, -ary
Related formsnon·mis·sion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·mis·sion·ar·ies.
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British Dictionary definitions for missionary

missionary

/ (ˈmɪʃənərɪ) /

noun plural -aries

a member of a religious mission

adjective

of or relating to missionariesmissionary work
resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefsmissionary zeal
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