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Meaning of PURSUIVANT

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Pur"sui*vant\, n. [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre.
    See {Pursue}, and cf. {Pursuant}.] [Written also
    {poursuivant}.]
    1. (Heralds' College) A functionary of lower rank than a
       herald, but discharging similar duties; -- called also
       {pursuivant at arms}; an attendant of the heralds. Also
       used figuratively.
    
             The herald Hope, forerunning Fear, And Fear, the
             pursuivant of Hope.                   --Longfellow.
    
    2. The king's messenger; a state messenger.
    
             One pursuivant who attempted to execute a warrant
             there was murdered.                   --Macaulay.
    
    
  2. \Pur"sui*vant\, v. t.
    To pursue. [Obs. & R.]
    
          Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible
          tempest.                                 --Fuller.
    
    
 

 

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