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That is a Missionary; and the blacks are not Freedmen, as you suppose, but Cannibals.

It is important that we keep the missionary motive on the right basis.

Mr. Swartout was a missionary to the West Coast Indian tribes.

What does that little chit, Fanny, want at a missionary meeting?

Landis doesn't know a good cake from a Fiji missionary pudding.

The missionary approaches and beseeches him to regard the Golden Rule.

But it was ten dollars, and not one cent, which he gave to the Missionary Fund.

Missionary, your rule is Indian rule,--good rule, missionary.

One of the most cheerful and courageous, because one of the most hopeful of workers, was Carey, the missionary.

From this it may be deduced that missionary work has not been as thorough as might be hoped.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, from missionary (adj.). Missionary position attested by 1963, said to have been coined by Kinsey (1948), who identified its origin in work done by Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski in Melanesia in the 1920s; allegedly from the term used by South Pacific peoples to describe what Christian missionaries promoted to replace their local variations. By late 1960s it became the general term for this type of sex, formerly also known as the English-American position.

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