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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
missionary position
religious/revolutionary/missionary etc zeal
▪ He approached the job with missionary zeal.
▪ Yes, Imelda was on a mission, and Carla knew only too well the reputations of Catholic missionaries.
▪ The area had been visited by traders from ancient Rome, and, in later times, by an occasional Catholic missionary.
▪ She left the company, but never Malanje, becoming a Roman Catholic missionary in 1969.
▪ They also permitted Catholic missionaries to preach publicly and even assigned soldiers to protect them.
the missionary position
▪ Sister Courtney was a missionary in Nicaragua for 15 years.
▪ At Kemmendine, there were two experienced missionaries, men of outstanding ability, character and devotion.
▪ Eventually unmarried women found vocational outlets as missionaries.
▪ Gambling and crowd disorder was customary but there is no question that Clarke and his boys were missionaries.
▪ In October 1927, the young missionary was steaming at 15-20 knots towards Rangoon.
▪ In the basement meeting room, he placed me on a bench be-tween two other missionaries.
▪ In the persecution of 1665, he was banished with other missionaries to Canton.
▪ No wonder the Twelve made it their priority, and the nameless missionaries of 8:4 took it as their great weapon.
▪ The missionaries held on to my arms.
▪ The document on missionary activity seemed a likely occasion.
▪ Most of his missionary activity took place north of the line between Dublin and Galway.
▪ If anyone is interested in receiving more information on praying for missionaries or missionary activity please contact me.
▪ He minted coins and his patronage of continental missionary activity is a noticeable feature of his reign.
▪ Similar views concerning conversion are expressed by Simone Weil who maintains that much missionary activity is both mistaken and dangerous.
▪ Nowhere is this truer than in Wenzhou, a prospering port with a history of missionary activity.
▪ The aim of these articles is to inform the Fellowship of missionary activity, both at home and overseas.
▪ Presumably the missionary position in coitus would have its dangers.
▪ Its brief is longer term and written to include missionary work, promotion and oversight of independent interoperability testing and branding.
▪ Tesla asked if Westinghouse proposed to continue his missionary work for the alternating-current system he had invented.
▪ It was defended by careful missionary work, by books of edification and by the practice of the pilgrimages to Jerusalem.
▪ This letter sets a tone for much missionary work in the early Middle Ages.
▪ One of the most effective ways Satan has to cripple missionary work is to attack the body of the missionary.
▪ As a result various things, such as missionary work, now fall under a word which directs disfavour at them.
▪ It was due to his influence and suggestion that many able deaf men were appointed to do valuable missionary work amongst their fellows.
▪ The island had responded particularly to the fervent missionary work of the itinerant Baptist preachers in the early years of the century.
▪ Professor Papert deserves high marks for missionary zeal.
▪ The eyes of Mr. Morrissey gleam with a missionary zeal that shames into submission the cringing doubts of those yet unconvinced.
▪ Whatever the job at Disney, it was approached with missionary zeal.
▪ The highest court of all is still the Football Association with their brocaded traditions, honest principles and missionary zeal.
▪ A new bureaucracy, the darling of the administration that establishes it, has a missionary zeal about its function.
▪ But it is obvious that one relatively small peninsula can not contain this missionary zeal indefinitely.
▪ At the same time missionary monks helped to conquer Siberia.
▪ But it is obvious that one relatively small peninsula can not contain this missionary zeal indefinitely.
▪ From the start her charm and her missionary addresses captivated her hearers and young people were challenged.
▪ His teacher, who had founded the missionary school, had high hopes for his star student.
▪ It is intended that these articles should be in addition to current missionary writing which appears in the magazine each month.
▪ Priests and laymen of all three religions organized educational institutions and missionary propaganda.
▪ Yet here is a dark continent on our own doorstep, crying out for missionary endeavour.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Missionary \Mis"sion*ary\, n.; pl. Missionaries. [Cf. F. missionnaire. See Mission, n.] One who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion.

Missionary apostolic, a Roman Catholic missionary sent by commission from the pope.


Missionary \Mis"sion*a*ry\, a. Of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1650s, from missionary (adj.). Missionary position attested by 1963, said to have been coined by Kinsey (1948), who identified its origin in work done by Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in Melanesia in the 1920s; allegedly from the term used by South Pacific peoples to describe what Christian missionaries promoted to replace their local variations. By late 1960s it became the general term for this type of sex, formerly also known as the English-American position.


"sent on a mission," 1640s, from Modern Latin missionarius "pertaining to a mission," from Latin missionem (see mission).


n. 1 One who is sent on a mission. 2 A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed. 3 (context pejorative English) A religious messenger. 4 (context uncountable English) A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.

  1. n. someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program

  2. someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country [syn: missioner]


A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to proselytize and/or perform ministries of service, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development. The word "mission" originates from 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad, derived from the Latin missionem (nom. missio), meaning "act of sending" or mittere, meaning "to send". The word was used in light of its biblical usage; in the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word when sending the disciples to preach in his name. The term is most commonly used for Christian missions, but can be used for any creed or ideology.

Missionary (LDS Church)

Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)—widely known as Mormon missionaries—are volunteer representatives of the LDS Church who engage variously in proselytizing, church service, humanitarian aid, and community service. Mormon missionaries may serve on a full- or part-time basis depending on the assignment, and are organized geographically into missions. The mission assignment could be to any one of the 418 missions organized worldwide.

The LDS Church is one of the most active modern practitioners of missionary work, reporting that it had over 74,000 full-time missionaries worldwide at the end of 2015 (as well as nearly 32,000 part-time church-service missionaries). Most full-time Mormon missionaries are single young men and women in their late teens and early twenties and older couples no longer with children in the home. Missionaries are often assigned to serve far from their homes, including in other countries. Many missionaries learn a new language at a missionary training center as part of their assignment. Missions typically last two years for males, 18 months for females, and 6 to 18 months for older couples. The LDS Church strongly encourages, but does not require, missionary service for young men. All Mormon missionaries serve voluntarily and do not receive a salary for their work; they typically finance missions themselves or with assistance from family or other church members. Many Latter-day Saints save money during their teenage years to cover their mission expenses.

Throughout the church's history, over one million missionaries have been sent on missions.

Missionary (disambiguation)

Missionary may refer to:

  • A missionary who travels to a region to work as part of a religious group
    • Missionary (LDS Church), a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • The Missionary, a 1982 comedy film starring Michael Palin
  • Missionary, a 2013 horror-thriller film by Anthony DiBlasi
  • The missionary position, a sex position
  • The Missionary Position, a biography of Mother Teresa by Christopher Hitchens
  • The American "missionary generation," born between 1860 and 1882
  • Misionarul , a Romanian-language newspaper
Missionary (film)

Missionary is a 2013 drama thriller film by Anthony DiBlasi. It received its world premiere on July 25, 2013 at the Fantasia International Film Festival and stars Dawn Olivieri as a beautiful single mother caught up in one man's obsession with her.

Usage examples of "missionary".

Among the crocheted doilies of missionary artisanship and hammered copper plates representing idealized tribal maidens or trumpeting elephants that were African bourgeois taste, there hung in the dimness Edward Lear watercolours of Italy and Stubbs sporting prints swollen with humidity and spotted as blighted leaves.

With the design of restraining the progress of Christianity, he published an edict, which, though it was designed to affect only the new converts, could not be carried into strict execution, without exposing to danger and punishment the most zealous of their teachers and missionaries.

But immediately the young Republic emerged from the stresses of adolescence, a missionary army took to the field again, and before long the Asbury revival was paling that of Whitefield, Wesley and Jonathan Edwards, not only in its hortatory violence but also in the length of its lists of slain.

Here he became engaged to be married to Miss Marshman, daughter of a missionary, and the wedding-day was soon fixed.

Carey Marshman and Ward, with their wives and children who welcomed them most cordially, and invited them to remain until the arrival of their brother missionaries.

He constructed a string of self-supporting religious franchises all over the world, and used his university, and its Metaverse campus, to crank out tens of thousands of missionaries, who fanned out all over the Third World and began converting people by the hundreds of thousands, just like St.

I conceive, often misapplied, and indeed, when I consider the vices, cruelties, and enormities of every kind that spring up in the tainted atmosphere of a feverish civilization, I am inclined to think that so far as the relative wickedness of the parties is concerned, four or five Marquesan Islanders sent to the United States as Missionaries might be quite as useful as an equal number of Americans despatched to the Islands in a similar capacity.

Here an outspan place was assigned to us near to the house, or rather the huts, of a certain missionary of the name of Owen, who with great courage had ventured into this country.

Then again, Jack, you are to consider that in being a papisher he is only following the example of all his English ancestors from the time Irish missionaries taught them their letters and the difference between right and wrong until the days of Henry VIII of glorious memory, only a few generations ago.

Marxism never had any but the vaguest fancies about the relation of one nation to another, and the new Russian government, for all its cosmopolitan phrases, is more and more plainly the heir to the obsessions of Tsarist Imperialism, using the Communist party, as other countries have used Christian missionaries, to maintain a propagandist government to forward its schemes.

The extent and boundaries of their respective dioceses had been variously and accidentally decided by the zeal and success of the first missionaries, by the wishes of the people, and by the propagation of the gospel.

Christian missionaries, without approaching the person or the palace of the monarch, successfully labored in the propagation of the gospel.

Christian emperor, Virgil may deserve to be ranked among the most successful missionaries of the gospel.

I remembered the fatigued faces of a missionary and two priests, the books piled up on the lectern, the flames of the tallow candles by which the debaters traced texts in the heavy folios to back up their arguments, the flushed faces of the schismatists and the church conformists who met with much vociferation every sound objection to their views.

The large circulation of the work, the many letters of thanks for it received by the author from laymen and clergymen of different denominations, the numerous avowed and unavowed quotations from it in recent publications, all show that it has not been produced in vain, but has borne fruit in missionary service for reason, liberty, and charity.