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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

votive

\VOH-tiv\ , adjective;
1.
offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering.
2.
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
3.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.
Quotes:
Behind the barricades--made of paving stones, or chairs, or the carcasses of cars--people had built makeshift altars, with votive candles, incense, and framed pictures, to commemorate killed protesters where they had fallen.
-- Jon Lee Anderson, "Revolutionary Relics," The New Yorker, May 1, 2014
"I have promised a votive offering to Poseidon," I said to one of the sailors as we marched downward again. "But he's not one of my favourite gods, I have to say."
-- Margaret Doody, Aristotle and the Secrets of Life, 2002
Origin:
Votive shares a root with the word vote in the Latin term vōtum meaning "vow." Votive entered English around 1600.
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