What does Missionary mean?

Definitions for Missionary
ˈmɪʃ əˌnɛr imis·sion·a·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. missionarynoun

    someone who attempts to convert others to a particular doctrine or program

  2. missionary, missioneradjective

    someone sent on a mission--especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country

  3. missionary, missionaladjective

    relating to or connected to a religious mission


  1. missionarynoun

    A person who travels attempting to spread a religion or a creed.

  2. missionarynoun

    A religious messenger.

  3. missionarynoun

    A common position for undertaking sexual intercourse.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Missionary, Missionernoun

    One sent to propagate religion.

    Etymology: missionaire, French.

    You mention the presbyterian missionary, who hath been persecuted for his religion. Jonathan Swift.

    Like mighty missioner you come,
    Ad partes infidelium. Dryden.


  1. Missionary

    A missionary is a member of a religious group which is sent into an area in order to promote its faith or provide services to people, such as education, literacy, social justice, health care, and economic development.In the Latin translation of the Bible, Jesus Christ says the word when he sends the disciples into areas and commands them to preach the gospel in his name. The term is most commonly used in reference to Christian missions, but it can also be used in reference to any creed or ideology.The word mission originated in 1598 when Jesuits, the members of the Society of Jesus sent members abroad, derived from the Latin missionem (nom. missio), meaning 'act of sending' or mittere, meaning 'to send'.


  1. missionary

    A missionary is an individual, usually associated with a religious organization, who is sent to a foreign country or region to spread their religious beliefs, teachings, or provide humanitarian aid. They typically engage in evangelization, charitable work, education, and social welfare activities, aiming to convert individuals to their faith and improve the lives of the local community.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Missionary

    one who is sent on a mission; especially, one sent to propagate religion

  2. Missionaryadjective

    of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. missionnaire. See Mission, n.]


  1. Missionary

    A missionary is a member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism or 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, 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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Missionary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Missionary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Missionary in a Sentence

  1. Edgardo Rivera:

    I am a missionary priest announcing the Gospel in a place that is not my culture, i have to learn.

  2. Chung Sye-kyun:

    The government is planning to extend the current distancing levels and anti-virus standards as they are until the Lunar New Year holidays end, the third COVID-19 wave, which had temporarily slowed, is again threatening our daily lives following the group infections from the missionary institutes.

  3. Harriet Beecher Stowe:

    Nobody had ever instructed him that a slave-ship, with a procession of expectant sharks in its wake, is a missionary institution, by which closely-packed heathen are brought over to enjoy the light of the Gospel.

  4. Ngotlai Nohro:

    Mara reih he lei aw vei. Khazohpa eima theina hawhta chakao hai pi ta, missionary eima theina zydua ta chyh hai pi ta, MWC ta a theina hawhta Mara reih hmahpasiesa awpa ta ahria hai.

  5. Russell Martin Stendal:

    Somebody set a trap for me, and I walked into it, they are accusing me of rebellion for the missionary trips and visits we have made to conflict zones distributing Bibles and radios.

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