Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person bound by vows to live a life of religious worship or service.
  • n. A devout adherent of a cult or religion; a committed worshiper: the votaries of Aphrodite.
  • n. A person who is fervently devoted, as to a leader or ideal; a faithful follower.
  • n. A person who is filled with enthusiasm, as for a pursuit or hobby; an enthusiast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made
  • n. A devotee of a particular religion or cult
  • n. A devout or zealous worshipper
  • n. Someone who is devoted to a particular pursuit etc; an enthusiast.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.
  • n. One devoted, consecrated, or engaged by a vow or promise; hence, especially, one devoted, given, or addicted, to some particular service, worship, study, or state of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consecrated by a vow or promise; also, consequent on a vow; devoted; votive.
  • n. One who is devoted, consecrated, or engaged by a vow or promise; hence, more generally, one who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular service, worship, study, or state of life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity
  • n. one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service
  • n. a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult

Etymologies

From Latin vōtum, vow; see vote.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Moily, who's credited with streamlining engineering admission process structure in Karnatata (where caste-based reservations for various OBC communities often posed a systemic problem, until Moily, as then chief minister, streamlined the process), has also been known as a votary of caste-based census.

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  • In future I shall become what is called a votary, and shall cut down my spirits to the narrowest limit. "

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  • These are the consistent, patterned actions of a votary of approval-seeking and compelled conciliation.

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  • Mr. Chakrabarty has been a strong votary of financial inclusion, urging banks for more push into rural and semi-urban areas.

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  • He was a votary of the esoteric Eton religion, the kind of graceful, tolerant, sleepy boy who is showered with favors and crowned with all the laurels, who is liked by the masters and admired by the boys without any apparent exertion on his part, without experiencing the ill-effects of success himself or arousing the pangs of envy in others.

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  • François Gautier is a known hindutva votary who keeps on invoking the name of Sri Aurobindo.

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  • In other words, it is about genealogy of ideas, rather than suggesting that so and so was a Hindutva votary or any such nonsense.

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  • The organismic, “what you can do for your country” implies that the government is the master or the deity, the citizen, the servant or the votary.

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  • The observations of Camilla had broken that spell with which a first declaration of regard is apt to entangle unreflecting inexperience; and by teaching her to less value the votary, had made the conquest less an object of satisfaction.

    Camilla

  • Camilla, who had no wish but for one single votary, and whose heart was sunk from her failure in obtaining that one, listened with so little interest or spirit, that Mrs. Arlbery, quite provoked, resolved not to throw away another idea upon her for the rest of the evening.

    Camilla

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