pursuivant

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pursuivant \Pur"sui*vant\, verb (used with an object) To pursue. [Obs. & R.]

Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest. --Fuller.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pursuivant \Pur"sui*vant\, noun [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.


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