votary

[voh-tuh-ree]
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 pertaining to a vow.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin vōt(um) a vow + -ary


3. buff, fan, admirer, devotee.
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votary (ˈvəʊtərɪ)
 
n , 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
 
adj
3.  ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint
 
[C16: from Latin vōtum a vow, from vovēre to vow]
 
'votaress
 
fem n
 
'votress
 
fem n

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votary
1546, "one consecrated by a vow," from L. 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 ref. to love).
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Example sentences
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.
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