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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MISSION

Our mission is not punishment, but the rectification of wrong.

Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless.

Advancing these ideals is the mission that created our Nation.

The hours seemed like days to George while Hardy was on his mission.

It is our mission, as the plants and the lower living things have theirs.

Above all, our noble jester succeeds in his mission of laugh-producing.

As it happened, you worked in quite well with the mission at first.

No Miss Perry appeared; and it seemed, at first, that the mission boys were to have no teacher.

He had just left a conference of high officers, and he came upon a mission.

But Dick remembered his mission, and his resolve to perform it was not shaken a particle.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "a sending abroad," originally of Jesuits, from Latin missionem (nominative missio) "act of sending, a despatching; a release, a setting at liberty; discharge from service, dismissal," noun of action from past participle stem of mittere "to send," oldest form probably *smittere, of unknown origin.

Diplomatic sense of "body of persons sent to a foreign land on commercial or political business" is from 1620s. In American English, sometimes "an embassy" (1805). Meaning "dispatch of an aircraft on a military operation" (1929, American English) later extended to spacecraft flights (1962), hence, mission control (1964). As a style of furniture, said to be imitative of furniture in the buildings of original Spanish missions to North America, it is attested from 1900.

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