Votary Vo"ta*ry, a. [From L. votus, p. p. vovere to vow, to devote. See {Vote}, {Vow}.] Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised. [1913 Webster]

Votary resolution is made equipollent to custom. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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  • Votary — Vo ta*ry, n.; pl. {Votaries}. One devoted, consecrated, or engaged by a vow or promise; hence, especially, one devoted, given, or addicted, to some particular service, worship, study, or state of life. You are already love s firm votary. Shak.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • votary — index addict, advocate (counselor), advocate (espouser), colleague, disciple, partisan, proponent …   Law dictionary

  • votary — (n.) 1540s, one consecrated by a vow, from L. votum (see VOW (Cf. vow)). Originally a monk or nun, general sense of ardent devotee of some aim or pursuit is from 1591 (in Shakespeare, originally in reference to love) …   Etymology dictionary

  • votary — *addict, devotee, habitué Analogous words: *enthusiast, fanatic, zealot, bigot …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • votary — ► NOUN (pl. votaries) 1) a person who has made vows of dedication to religious service. 2) a devoted follower, adherent, or advocate. ORIGIN from Latin vovere vow …   English terms dictionary

  • votary — [vōt′ə rē] n. pl. votaries [< L votus, pp. of vovere, to vow (see VOTE) + ARY] 1. a person bound by a vow or promise, esp. one bound to religious vows, as a monk or nun 2. a person devoted to a particular religion or object of worship; devout… …   English World dictionary

  • votary — UK [ˈvəʊtərɪ] / US [ˈvoʊtərɪ] noun [countable] Word forms votary : singular votary plural votaries formal someone who is a very keen follower of a particular religion …   English dictionary

  • votary — /voh teuh ree/, n., pl. votaries, adj. n. Also, votarist. 1. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun. 2. an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage. 3. a person who is… …   Universalium

  • votary — noun a) A person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made Gerty was dressed simply but with the instinctive taste of a votary of Dame Fashion for she felt that there was just a might that he might be out …   Wiktionary

  • votary — vo•ta•ry [[t]ˈvoʊ tə ri[/t]] also vo′ta•rist n. pl. ries also rists 1) rel a devoted worshiper of a deity, saint, etc., or a devout adherent of a religion 2) a person who is devoted to some subject or pursuit; devotee: a votary of jazz[/ex] 3) a… …   From formal English to slang

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