Pursuivant

Definition of Pursuivant

Pur´sui`vant
n.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.
v. t.1.To pursue.
Their navy was pursuivanted after with a horrible tempest.
- Fuller.
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