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Tuesday, March 04, 2003

Definitions for votary

  1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
  2. A devoted admirer.
  3. A devout adherent of a religion or cult.

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Citations for votary
When she held out her hand to receive the glass, she had more the air of a full-grown Bacchante, celebrating the rites of Bacchus, than a votary at the shrine of Hygeia. Pamela Neville-Sington, Fanny Trollope
Perhaps most amazingly, votaries of "diversity" insist on absolute conformity. Tony Snow, USA Today
Origin of votary
1540-1550
Votary comes from Latin votum, "vow," from the past participle of vovere, "to vow, to devote." Related words include vow and vote, originally a vow, hence a prayer or ardent wish, hence an expression of preference, as for a candidate.