noun, plural vo·ta·ries. Also vo·ta·rist.
Examples from the Web for votary
When the votary of Mammon has propitiated his deity, let him count the children he has sacrificed upon his altar.Sheppard Lee, Vol. II (of 2)|Robert Montgomery Bird
The votary to Mithraism actually bathed in the blood of the sacrificial bull.A Short History of the World|H. G. Wells
At Union Square he felt a sudden relapse into discouragement, like a votary who has watched too long for a sign from the altar.The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 1 (of 10)|Edith Wharton
He is the devil's votary, and fails not to commend himself into his tuition upon all occasions.
Apparition of the goddess Isis to her votary, from Apulelus.Woman in the Nineteenth Century|Margaret Fuller Ossoli
British Dictionary definitions for votary
noun plural -ries also: votarist
Word Origin for votary
Word Origin and History for votary
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).