Meaning of missionary

mis•sion•ar•y

Pronunciation: (mish'u-ner"ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ar•ies,
—n.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or connected with religious missions.
  2. engaged in such a mission, or devoted to work connected with missions.
  3. reflecting or prompted by the desire to persuade or convert others: the missionary efforts of political fanatics.
  4. characteristic of a missionary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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