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  1. a person or thing that pursues.
  2. Scots Law, Ecclesiastical Law. a plaintiff or complainant.
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Origin of pursuer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at pursue, -er1
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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.


    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

Word Origin and History for pursuer


late 14c., agent noun from pursue.

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