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mis·sion·ar·y

 (mĭsh′ə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. mis·sion·ar·ies
1. One who is sent on a mission, especially one sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.
2. One who attempts to persuade or convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
adj.
1. Of or relating to missions or missionaries.
2. Engaged in the activities of a mission or missionary.
3. Tending to propagandize or use insistent persuasion: missionary fervor.

missionary

(ˈmɪʃənərɪ)
n, pl -aries
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a religious mission
adj
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to missionaries: missionary work.
2. resulting from a desire to convert people to one's own beliefs: missionary zeal.

mis•sion•ar•y

(ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr i)

n., pl. -ar•ies,
adj. n. Also, mis′sion•er.
1. a person sent by a church into an area to carry on religious or humanitarian work.
2. a person who attempts to persuade or convert others.
adj.
3. pertaining to religious missions.
4. characteristic of a missionary.
[1635–45; < New Latin missiōnārius. See mission, -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missionary - someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or programmissionary - someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program
instructor, teacher - a person whose occupation is teaching
Cyril, Saint Cyril, St. Cyril - Greek missionary; the invention of the Cyrillic alphabet is attributed to him (826-869)
2.missionary - someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign countrymissionary - someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
Adj.1.missionary - relating to or connected to a religious mission

missionary

noun evangelist, preacher, apostle, converter, propagandist, proselytizer He plays the part of a missionary who meets a woman of doubtful morals.

missionary

noun
A person doing religious or charitable work in a foreign country:
adjective
Of missionaries or their work:
Translations
مبشرمُبَشِّرٌمُرْسَل، مُبَشِّر ديني
misionář
missionær
lähetyssaarnaaja
misionar
misszionárius
trúboîi
宣教師
선교사
misijonar
missionär
หมอสอนศาสนา
người truyền giáo

missionary

[ˈmɪʃənrɪ]
A. N (Rel) → misionero/a m/f
B. CPD missionary position N (hum) → postura f del misionero
missionary society Nsociedad f misionera
missionary zeal Nfervor m apostólico

missionary

[ˈmɪʃənəri] nmissionnaire m/fmissionary position nposition f du missionnairemission control ncentre m de missionmission statement n [business, company] → déclaration f de mission

missionary

nMissionar(in) m(f)

missionary

[ˈmɪʃnrɪ] n (Rel) → missionario/a

mission

(ˈmiʃən) noun
1. a purpose for which a person or group of people is sent. His mission was to seek help.
2. the purpose for which (one feels) one was born. He regards it as his mission to help the cause of world peace.
3. a group of people sent to have political and/or business discussions. a Chinese trade mission.
4. a place where missionaries live.
5. a group of missionaries. a Catholic mission.
ˈmissionaryplural ˈmissionaries noun
a person who is sent to teach and spread a particular religion.

missionary

مُبَشِّرٌ misionář missionær Missionar ιεραποστόλος misionero lähetyssaarnaaja missionnaire misionar missionario 宣教師 선교사 missionaris misjonær misjonarz missionário миссионер missionär หมอสอนศาสนา misyoner người truyền giáo 传教士
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I once heard a missionary say it was like the beard of an Arabian sheik.
We are as safe from interruption as a missionary would be at the beginning of a two hours' discourse.
Young man, you'd better ship for a missionary, instead of a fore-mast hand; I never heard a better sermon.
Here, however, was a new religion-- one that did touch him, that took hold of every fiber of him; and with all the zeal and fury of a convert he went out as a missionary.
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This missionary knight's name was La Cote Male Taile, and he said that this castle was the abode of Morgan le Fay, sister of King Arthur, and wife of King Uriens.
She was just, conscientious, economical, industrious; a regular attendant at church and Sunday-school, and a member of the State Missionary and Bible societies, but in the presence of all these chilly virtues you longed for one warm little fault, or lacking that, one likable failing, something to make you sure she was thoroughly alive.
I'll be preparing myself to go out as a missionary to preach liberty to them that are enslaved--your harem inmates amongst the rest.
Then, in a distant, Missionary way he asked them certain questions - as why little Joe had that hole in his frill: who said, Pa, Flopson was going to mend it when she had time - and how little Fanny came by that whitlow: who said, Pa, Millers was going to poultice it when she didn't forget.
Thus he had passed his life as a sort of missionary in detecting the pretended wisdom of mankind; and this occupation had quite absorbed him and taken him away both from public and private affairs.
Passepartout approached and read one of these notices, which stated that Elder William Hitch, Mormon missionary, taking advantage of his presence on train No.
There was one among the boys a bit of a missionary, and he taught the thing to read, or at least to pick out letters, and gave him some rudimentary ideas of morality; but it seems the beast's habits were not all that is desirable.

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