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Word of the Day
Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Definitions for votary

  1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
  2. A devoted admirer.
  3. A devout adherent of a religion or cult.

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Citations for votary
When she held out her hand to receive the glass, she had more the air of a full-grown Bacchante, celebrating the rites of Bacchus, than a votary at the shrine of Hygeia. Pamela Neville-Sington, Fanny Trollope
Perhaps most amazingly, votaries of "diversity" insist on absolute conformity. Tony Snow, USA Today
Origin of votary
Votary comes from Latin votum, "vow," from the past participle of vovere, "to vow, to devote." Related words include vow and vote, originally a vow, hence a prayer or ardent wish, hence an expression of preference, as for a candidate.