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purveyor


a purveyor of fine cigars
  a provider of something — such as a commercial business selling something, or a person spreading gossip
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  • a purveyor of fine cigars
  • a purveyor of bad news
  • ...a channel that, depending on whom you ask, is either a purveyor of partisan attacks or a source of much needed reportorial balance
    Barbara Kiviat  --  Time, 2009  --  http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1945379_1944857_1944870,00.html(retrieved 01/13/10)
  • They were purveyors of an innately flawed kind of democracy, where only the wealthy were elected, where their voices were heard loudest, where they passed their seats in Congress to whatever similarly entitled person they deemed appropriate.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • A close passing look had revealed it to be a Stromberg Carlson, which she assumed to be Swedish until Bronek—a simple-seeming but canny fellow Polish prisoner who worked as a handyman in the Commandant’s house and was a chief purveyor of gossip and information—told her it was an American machine, captured from some rich man’s joint or foreign embassy to the west and transported here to take its place amid the mountainous tonnage of booty assembled with frenzied mania for pelf from all…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Silence, purveyor of gossip, do not spread that report.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I would have liked to say, "I’m a doctor," to those who asked me what I did, doctors being the current purveyors of magic and miracle.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • For some months past, Miss Pross and Mr. Cruncher had discharged the office of purveyors; the former carrying the money; the latter, the basket.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • All minds except Father’s, that is, who frequently takes the name of Brother Fowles in vain, feeling certain now that all the stones in his path were laid by this deluded purveyor of Christian malpractice.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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  • We cours’d him at the heels, and had a purpose To be his purveyor: but he rides well; And his great love, sharp as his spur, hath holp him To his home before us.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • If I’d met him as Jason Jenks or Jason Scott, legitimate lawyer, would I ever have unearthed J. Jenks, purveyor of illegal documents?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The water stood in my eyes to hear this avowal of his dependence; just as if a royal eagle, chained to a perch, should be forced to entreat a sparrow to become its purveyor.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • …. but Dr. Pritchett said that our culture is dying because our universities have to depend on the alms of the meat packers, the steel puddlers and the purveyors of breakfast cereals.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Not the least among the employments of Ginger Nut, as well as one which he discharged with the most alacrity, was his duty as cake and apple purveyor for Turkey and Nippers.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • But in view of the greediness of hate for patrolmen, it hardly needed a purveyor to feed Claggart’s passion.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Unlike Melquiades’ tribe, they had shown very quickly that they were not heralds of progress but purveyors of amusement.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • These were principally accounts owing in connection with his race horses, to the purveyor of oats and hay, the English saddler, and so on.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • He turned away slowly, and, folding his arms, said to her— "My good lady, did you think I should go on to all eternity being your purveyor and banker, for the love of God?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Rawdon and his wife generously gave their patronage to all such of Miss Crawley’s tradesmen and purveyors as chose to serve them.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • She was not, however, without purveyors of information ready to supplement her deficiencies.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The elder had also her chimera; she espied in the azure some very wealthy purveyor, a contractor, a splendidly stupid husband, a million made man, or even a prefect; the receptions of the Prefecture, an usher in the antechamber with a chain on his neck, official balls, the harangues of the town-hall, to be "Madame la Prefete,"—all this had created a whirlwind in her imagination.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The purveyors of the Prince, who exercised on this and other occasions the full authority of royalty, had swept the country of all that could be collected which was esteemed fit for their master’s table.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Moreover, he was as illiterate as old Mrs. Mingott, and considered "fellows who wrote" as the mere paid purveyors of rich men’s pleasures; and no one rich enough to influence his opinion had ever questioned it.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • IX The community of fowls to which Tess had been appointed as supervisor, purveyor, nurse, surgeon, and friend made its headquarters in an old thatched cottage standing in an enclosure that had once been a garden, but was now a trampled and sanded square.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • …his, who hasn’t broken his fast at two in the afternoon,’ and ’there’s no stomach a hand’s breadth bigger than another,’ and the same can be filled ’with straw or hay,’ as the saying is, and ’the little birds of the field have God for their purveyor and caterer,’ and ’four yards of Cuenca frieze keep one warmer than four of Segovia broad-cloth,’ and ’when we quit this world and are put underground the prince travels by as narrow a path as the journeyman,’ and ’the Pope’s body does not…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • In his hand he carried a basket; and there was a touch of slovenliness in his attire, together with that indefinable something in his whole appearance which suggested one who was his own housekeeper, purveyor, confidant, and friend, through possessing nobody else at all in the world to act in those capacities for him.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • But Fox and the other purveyors of conventional wisdom turned out to be wrong.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He viewed them as instruments for the uneducated, and purveyors of sinister influences and vulgar ideas.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • They didn’t care if you had a nice day, and yet were as deeply American in their own way as any purveyors of Speedee Service.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The Portuguese became the main purveyors of illegal slaves, although ships under Spanish, French, Dutch, American, and Russian flags were also involved.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • A dog of Israel—Sanballat by name—purveyor for the army; residence, Rome; vastly rich; grown so as a contractor of furnishments which he never furnishes.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • The lichs, undead spirits of powerful wizards that refused to rest when their mortal bodies had passed from the realms of the living, had gathered to create the most vile artifact ever made, an evil that fed and flourished off of that which the purveyors of good considered most precious-the light of the sun.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • "If it was not you, it was your purveyor," said d’Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs Purveyors of Aids to Magical Mischief-Makers are proud to present THE MARAUDER’S MAP It was a map showing every detail of the Hogwarts castle and grounds.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Messala arose as he spoke, and, with Drusus, joined the mass crowded about the purveyor.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • I have done this, and am, monsieur, with great respect, Your very humble and obedient servant, Godeau, Purveyor of the Musketeers "That’s all well!" cried d’Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "What!" exclaimed the purveyor, astonished.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "Five—give me five," cried the purveyor, instantly.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Yes, your purveyor, Godeau—the purveyor of the Musketeers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "Trust me," replied the purveyor.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Yes, your purveyor, Godeau—the purveyor of the Musketeers.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Did none of you charge your purveyor, Godeau, to send me some wine?
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Our purveyor!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Ah, but this time, for the first time in many years, it seems that the roads of our business have crossed, mighty purveyor of destruction.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • …on the second mishap, little Becky, with the greatest spirit and kindness, had borrowed a sum of money from Lord Southdown and had coaxed her husband’s creditor (who was her shawl, velvet-gown, lace pocket-handkerchief, trinket, and gim-crack purveyor, indeed) to take a portion of the sum claimed and Rawdon’s promissory note for the remainder: so on both these occasions the capture and release had been conducted with the utmost gallantry on all sides, and Moss and the Colonel were…
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • One of the noble peers, who was familiar with the Arabic language, having studied it during the famous Egyptian campaign, followed with his eye as the translator read aloud:— " ’I, El-Kobbir, a slave-merchant, and purveyor of the harem of his highness, acknowledge having received for transmission to the sublime emperor, from the French lord, the Count of Monte Cristo, an emerald valued at eight hundred thousand francs; as the ransom of a young Christian slave of eleven years of age,…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
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