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Definition a provider of something — such as a commercial business selling something, or a person spreading gossip
  • 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  --,28804,1945379_1944857_1944870,00.html (retrieved 01/13/10)
  • 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
  • Silence, purveyor of gossip, do not spread that report.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • 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
  • "If it was not you, it was your purveyor," said d'Artagnan.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But Fox and the other purveyors of conventional wisdom turned out to be wrong.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • 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
  • He viewed them as instruments for the uneducated, and purveyors of sinister influences and vulgar ideas.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • 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
  • But in view of the greediness of hate for patrolmen, it hardly needed a purveyor to feed Claggart's passion.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • 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
  • She was not, however, without purveyors of information ready to supplement her deficiencies.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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