He was a man undegraded, the disciple of reason, not the votary of sense.
“I, as well as you Americans, can be the votary of business,” answered Ram Juna.
It was not as a believer, not as a votary that he spoke, however, but as a lover.
Never was a votary endowed with a faith at once so lively and so capricious.
He was early a votary of the Muse; and, in youth, was familiar with the older Scottish bards.
It pre-supposes in its votary a mind essentially mercantile.
He was a German, a pupil of Overbeck and a votary of spiritual art.
That votary of the muse arrived punctually at twelve o'clock.
He loves the idol he serves, and prays day and night that his frenzy may be fed, and that the Ox-eyed may smile on her votary.
These are all doctors, and it is their business to instruct the votary in the object of his mission.
1540s, "one consecrated by a vow," from Latin 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 reference to love).