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[per-soo-er] /pərˈsu ər/
a person or thing that pursues.
Scots Law, Ecclesiastical Law. a plaintiff or complainant.
Origin of pursuer
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at pursue, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was equally vain,––his pursuer did not falter for an instant.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • By his dress he knew that he was his pursuer and Spurling's slayer.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Phineas did not wait, but even so his pursuer caught him before he reached the gate.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He 41 kept on, half-turned in the saddle, watching his pursuer keenly.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Her pursuer was no other than her self-constituted lover, Don Gregorio.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • The girl narrowly succeeded in eluding the grasp of her pursuer.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • He called out to her, but she was too busy outdistancing her pursuer.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • To what end, since he knew well before he started that he had a pursuer from whom there was no escape.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • Our pursuer, overtaken by a sort of murky whirlwind, disappeared from our sight.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
Word Origin and History for pursuer

late 14c., agent noun from pursue.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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