MISSIONARY

   a PERSON who propagates a RELIGION. The nineteenth century saw a great surge of missionary activity among CHRISTIANS which led to the spread of CHRISTIANITY throughout the world. In recent years there has been a rebirth of missionary ISLAMIC activity and the development of HINDU MISSIONS. In the West missions promoting HINDUISM and BUDDHISM are often seen as CULTS or new religious movements.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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  • 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. Swift. [1913 Webster] {Missionary apostolic}, a Roman Catholic missionary sent by commission… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Missionary — Mis sion*a*ry, a. Of or pertaining to missions; as, a missionary meeting; a missionary fund. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • missionary — ► NOUN (pl. missionaries) ▪ a person sent on a religious mission. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or characteristic of a missionary or religious mission …   English terms dictionary

  • missionary — [n] person who aids, does religious work apostle, clergy, clergyperson, converter, evangelist, herald, messenger, minister, missioner, pastor, preacher, promoter, propagandist, proselytizer, revivalist, teacher; concepts 361,416 …   New thesaurus

  • missionary — [mish′ənərmish′əner΄ē] adj. [ModL (Ec) missionarius] of or characteristic of missions or missionaries, esp. religious ones n. pl. missionaries a person sent on a mission, esp. on a religious mission: also missioner [mish′ənər] …   English World dictionary

  • Missionary — For other uses, see Missionary (disambiguation). 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.[1][2]… …   Wikipedia

  • missionary — mis|sion|a|ry1 [ˈmıʃənəri US neri] n plural missionaries someone who has been sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity and persuade them to become Christians missionary 2 missionary2 adj [only before noun] 1.) relating to the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • missionary — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ foreign ▪ pioneer ▪ evangelical, medical ▪ Catholic, Protestant, etc …   Collocations dictionary

  • missionary — {{11}}missionary (adj.) sent on a mission, 1640s, from Mod.L. missionarius pertaining to a mission, from L. missionem (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). {{12}}missionary (n.) 1650s, from MISSIONARY (Cf. missionary) (adj.). Missionary position attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • missionary — [[t]mɪ̱ʃənri, neri[/t]] missionaries 1) N COUNT A missionary is a Christian who has been sent to a foreign country to teach people about Christianity. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Missionary is used to describe the activities of missionaries. You should be in… …   English dictionary

  • missionary — UK [ˈmɪʃ(ə)n(ə)rɪ] / US [ˈmɪʃ(ə)nˌerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms missionary : singular missionary plural missionaries someone who has been sent to a place by a religious organization to teach the people there about a particular religion a… …   English dictionary

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