- a painting or other object left as an offering in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude, as for recovery from an illness or injury.
Origin of ex-voto
First recorded in 1815–25, ex-voto is from the Latin word ex vōtō literally, out of a vow
[eks woh-toh; English eks voh-toh]
- from, or in pursuance of, a vow.
Origin of ex voto
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for ex-voto
The Valenciennes museum has an ex-voto on wood, the history of which is curious.France and the Republic
William Henry Hurlbert
Every Sunday they burn a quantity of wax candles before them in ex-voto.
Opposite the steps is a defaced bas-relief, probably a Virgin attended by angels—no doubt an ex-voto of the time of the Conquest.Southern Spain
The fainting figures that were painted in the ex-voto of the triptiques seemed ill with love.
- in accordance with a vow
- an offering made in fulfilment of a vow
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