missionary position

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missionary position

n.
A position for sexual intercourse in which a woman and man lie facing each other, with the woman on the bottom and the man on the top.

[From Christian missionaries' supposed advocacy of this position over other copulatory positions.]
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missionary position

n
informal a position for sexual intercourse in which the man lies on top of the woman and they are face to face
[C20: from the belief that missionaries advocated this as the proper position to primitive peoples among whom it was unknown]
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mis′sionary posi`tion


n.
a position for sexual intercourse in which the couple lies face to face with the male on top.
[1965–70]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missionary position - a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples
posture, attitude, position - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
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missionary position

n (fig inf)Missionarsstellung f
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