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Énvoy. n.s. [envoye, French.]

  1. A publick minister sent from one power to another.

                    Now the Lycian lots conspire
    With Phœbus; now Jove's envoy through the air
    Brings dismal tydings.

    Perseus sent envoys to Carthage, to kindle their hatred against the Romans. Arbuthnot on Coins.

  2. A publick messenger, in dignity below an ambassador.

  3. A messenger.

    The watchful sentinels at ev'ry gate,
    At ev'ry passage to the senses wait;
    Still travel to and fro' the nervous way,
    And their impressions to the brain convey;
    Where their report the vital envoys make,
    And with new orders are commanded back.
    Blackm. Creat.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Blackmore, Richard (24) · Denham, John (75)

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