Definition of missionary in English:


Line breaks: mis¦sion|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪʃ(ə)n(ə)ri

noun (plural missionaries)


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  • Relating to or characteristic of a missionary or a religious mission: missionary work our taxi driver shared a sense of missionary zeal with us
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    • For some there was religious missionary zeal in helping those who were less fortunate.
    • There is a direct connection between the presence of missionary zeal in members and their regular presence in worship.
    • Theorizing about biblical translation was often undertaken and emerged within the framework of missionary practice.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin missionarius, from Latin missio (see mission).

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