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votary

[voh-tuh-ree] /ˈvoʊ tə ri/
noun, plural votaries. 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 devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit:
a votary of jazz.
4.
a devoted follower or admirer.
adjective
5.
consecrated by a vow.
6.
of or relating to a vow.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin vōt(um) a vow + -ary
Synonyms
3. buff, fan, admirer, devotee.
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  • It's important that his votaries be able to think of him as virtually disembodied.
  • In other days beauty was worshiped for itself alone, and it has votaries of sorts to-day.
  • With every change her votaries return thanks not only for the addition to their looks but for the great increase.
  • Predictably, he fails and returns home a bruised soul, doubly so when his unwitting votaries reject him.
British Dictionary definitions for votaries

votary

/ˈvəʊtərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(RC Church, Eastern Churches) a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
2.
a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc
adjective
3.
ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint
Derived Forms
votaress, votress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vōtum a vow, from vovēre to vow
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Word Origin and History for votaries

votary

n.

1540s, "one consecrated by a vow," from Latin votum (see 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).

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