noun, plural votaries. Also, votarist.
a person who is bound by solemn religious vows, as a monk or a nun.
an adherent of a religion or cult; a worshiper of a particular deity or sacred personage.
a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit: a votary of jazz.
a devoted follower or admirer.
consecrated by a vow.
of or pertaining to a vow.

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
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]
fem n
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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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But the religion cannot rise above the state of the votary.
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