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Word of the Day
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Definitions for votive

  1. offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering.
  2. performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.
  3. of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.

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Citations for votive
Behind the barricades--made of paving stones, or chairs, or the carcasses of cars--people had built makeshift altars, with votive candles, incense, and framed pictures, to commemorate killed protesters where they had fallen. Jon Lee Anderson, "Revolutionary Relics," The New Yorker, May 1, 2014
"I have promised a votive offering to Poseidon," I said to one of the sailors as we marched downward again. "But he's not one of my favourite gods, I have to say." Margaret Doody, Aristotle and the Secrets of Life, 2002
Origin of votive
Votive shares a root with the word vote in the Latin term vōtum meaning "vow." Votive entered English around 1600.