pursuivant at arms


pursuivant at arms
Pursuivant 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. [1913 Webster]

The herald Hope, forerunning Fear, And Fear, the pursuivant of Hope. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. The king's messenger; a state messenger. [1913 Webster]

One pursuivant who attempted to execute a warrant there was murdered. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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