Definition of "missionary" [mis•sion•ary•a•ry]
- (noun) One who is sent on a mission, especially one sent to do religious or charitable work in a territory or foreign country.
- (noun) One who attempts to persuade or convert others to a particular program, doctrine, or set of principles; a propagandist.
- (adjective) Of or relating to missions or missionaries.
- (adjective) Engaged in the activities of a mission or missionary.
- (adjective) Tending to propagandize or use insistent persuasion: missionary fervor.
Use "missionary" in a sentence
- "This missionary had a son in the school, and I noticed that, whatever the missionary might have said or done with regard to others, he was careful not to take his son away from the institution."
- "This, be it remembered, is the testimony of an ideal industrial missionary, who, however, was also much more than a mere industrial missionary*"
- "The word missionary always seemed to facilitate entry when needed."