They take vows of chastity, to which they are doubtless as recreant as the Roman Catholic priests of Italy and elsewhere.
Even if I had, I would not take vows without the sanction of my father.'
They at all events cannot, under any circumstances, take vows of celibacy.
If that is what you wish, take vows, turn monk, and starve yourself up to heaven if you can.
She seems to have said that she was ready to take vows of chastity if the king would do the same.
Then Bhima made them take vows never again to eat human flesh or to oppress the people of the city.
Men may fast, worship saints, take vows, seek absolution; but their real salvation is to be found in none of these things.
"We shall have to take vows, and devote ourselves to it," Barbara went on, as if she were possessed.
I declared to her that no human power could compel me to take vows that would forever separate me from my beloved parents.
It still comprises members who take vows of celibacy and prove the requisite number of quarterings.
c.1300, from Anglo-French and Old French vou, from Latin votum "a vow, wish, promise, dedication," noun use of neuter of votus, past participle of vovere "to promise solemnly, pledge, dedicate, vow," from PIE root *ewegwh- "to speak solemnly, vow" (cf. Sanskrit vaghat- "one who offers a sacrifice;" Greek eukhe "vow, wish," eukhomai "I pray").
c.1300, from Old French vouer, from vou (see vow (n.)). Related: Vowed; vowing.