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A peddler of devotional literature.

[French, alteration (influenced by col, neck, from the idea that peddlers carry their wares on trays suspended from straps around their necks) of Old French comporteur, from comporter, to conduct, peddle; see comport.]


(ˈkɒlˌpɔːtə; French kɔlpɔrtœr)
(Commerce) a hawker of books, esp bibles
[C18: from French, from colporter, probably from Old French comporter to carry (see comport); influenced through folk etymology by porter à col to carry on one's neck]
ˈcolˌportage n


(ˈkɒlˌpɔr tər, -ˌpoʊr-)

a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
[1790–1800; < French]
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Ainsi l'image et le nom de Napoleon, d'omnipresents pendant tant d'annees, deviennent sous la Restauration objets de contrebande: les Bulletins de la Grande Armee sont brules dans les mairies, et il est interdit aux colporteurs de diffuser des images de l'empereur.
Des chiens grincheux, sales, colporteurs de rage errent les rues de la capitale economique.
Nancy Christie, for example, notes that those recruited as Methodist preachers typically came from uneducated, humble backgrounds, but says nothing about the requirement placed on them by the General Conference to improve themselves daily by study while serving as denominational colporteurs.
During the last third of the nineteenth century enterprising Russian publishers flooded the country with new representations of citizens and subjects in works that ranged from the humble lubok--the cheap often crudely hand colored prints that circulated at urban stands, rural markets, and through colporteurs - to illustrated weekly magazines sold by subscription to a general readership and themed publications for women, children, hunters, and even hairdressers.
Rowe, "From Colporteurs to Cooperative Program: A Century of Southern Baptist Stewardship and the Rise of the Southern Baptist Convention," Baptist History and Heritage 41, no.
Il etait donc disponible aussi bien chez des colporteurs que sur les etals de divers marchands non specialises comme ces epiciers-libraires si frequents dans les campagnes a la fin du XVIIIe siecle.
Numbers feature prominently in the third chapter, on the rise of a national literary culture, established, in large part, through the appearance of large publishing and distribution firms and the decline and eventual disappearance of the colporteurs who carried books to distant villages.
The Bibliotheque Bleue de Troyes spans more than 250 years, involving publication of mass-produced, inexpensive books sold to peasants for pennies by colporteurs (peddlers).
Colporteurs were also subject to elaborate instruction manuals and trade publications such as the American Messenger, devoted to their continuing training in the field.
The 5 most dangerous of all Christian vocations (over 3% murder rates) are bishops, evangelists, catechists, colporteurs, foreign missionaries.
Other agents of circulation were the colporteurs, travelling salesmen or women who became a focus of much mission attention not only because they could reach into outlying, remote areas or areas prohibited to European missionaries, but also because they dramatized the idea of circulation itself.
Ainsi, le Gemilus Chasudim B'nai Israel of Montreal (49), fonde en 1925, rassemble a cette date trois commis, trois colporteurs, un journalier, un chapelier, un operateur, deux tailleurs, un commis-comptable, un barbier et un machiniste (50).