Dictionary.com

votive

[ voh-tiv ]
/ ˈvoʊ tɪv /
Save This Word!

adjective
offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering.
performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
In effect, this quiz will prove whether or not you have the skills to know the difference between “affect” and “effect.”
Question 1 of 7
The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of votive

1585–95; <Latin vōtīvus, equivalent to vōt(um) a vow + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM votive

vo·tive·ly, adverbvo·tive·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use votive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for votive

votive
/ (ˈvəʊtɪv) /

adjective
offered, given, undertaken, performed or dedicated in fulfilment of or in accordance with a vow
RC Church optional; not prescribed; having the nature of a voluntary offeringa votive Mass; a votive candle

Derived forms of votive

votively, adverbvotiveness, noun

Word Origin for votive

C16: from Latin vōtīvus promised by a vow, from vōtum a vow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK