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[kuhv-uh-nuh n-ter; for 2 also Scot. kuhv-uh-nan-ter] /ˈkʌv ə nən tər; for 2 also Scot. ˌkʌv əˈnæn tər/
a person who makes a covenant.
(initial capital letter) Scottish History. a person who, by solemn agreement, pledged to uphold Presbyterianism, especially an adherent of the National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant.
Origin of covenanter
First recorded in 1630-40; covenant + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Janet, however, was too sound a covenanter to give her consent.

  • The patriot is a patriot still; and the covenanter is a covenanter still.

  • He had been a covenanter of zeal and forwardness till, at a meeting of the Societies, his double-faced guile had been laid bare.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Colonel Graham might order the covenanter to be shot, and that were dreadful enough.

    Graham of Claverhouse Ian Maclaren
  • Their eyes met; in hers exaltion, in his a touch of sternness, a moment's revelation of the covenanter in his soul.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • For a hypocrite give 154 me a covenanter, and, of course, the higher they are the cleverer.

    Graham of Claverhouse Ian Maclaren
  • Royalist and covenanter made war in the same fashion, and as Argyll had done, so did Montrose.

    Montrose Mowbray Morris
  • Read,” said the covenanter, “for the writing surely is plain.

    Graham of Claverhouse Ian Maclaren
  • Two unscrupulous men—one of them a covenanter—had made a secret engagement with Charles I. in his captivity.

    Sketches of the Covenanters J. C. McFeeters
  • The covenanter who abides by his Covenant is the truest patriot.

    Sketches of the Covenanters J. C. McFeeters
British Dictionary definitions for covenanter


/ˈkʌvənəntə; ˌkʌvəˈnæntə/
a person upholding the National Covenant of 1638 or the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 between Scotland and England to establish and defend Presbyterianism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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