from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Given or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge: a votive offering.
- adj. Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow: a votive prayer; votive candles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow or pledge
- adj. this sense?) of, expressing or symbolizing a vow; and by extension a thick cylindrical candle
- n. a hymn or chant dedicated to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Given by vow, or in fulfillment of a vow; consecrated by a vow; devoted
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Offered, contributed, or consecrated in accordance with a vow: as, a votive picture.
- Observed, practised, or done in consequence of a vow.
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- adj. dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
Mr. GOUREVITCH: That is a votive object from the Narob Bwea church; in other words, a votive statute of a church figure that would have been at the back of this Catholic church.
Plays given in fulfilment of vows thus made were called votive games.
Book III (Prayers and the Canon for Sundays) contains a great number of Masses marked simply "For Sunday" (i.e. any Sunday), the Canon of the Mass, what we should call votive Masses (e.g. for travellers, in time of trouble, for kings, and so on), Masses for the Dead, some blessings
This is what is called a votive picture, which means a picture made in the fulfilment of a vow, in gratitude for some signal blessing or to turn away some danger.
The coffin was received beneath what was called a votive monument, -- a column one hundred feet in height, with an immense gilded globe upon the top, surmounted by a gilded eagle twenty feet high.
This nearika -- Huichol yarnwork "votive" painting -- depicts the sacred blue deer, who also appear as shamans on eac side of the composition.
Fibe beautiful nearika -- Huichol beadwork and yarnwork "votive" paintings.
I think of vacil "votive", for example, which also acts just as nebulously by being found as a noun on its own or postposed to other nouns like an adjective.
We know that vacil means "votive", but what's the rest?
I likewise inspected a very large glass vase, a lamp also found at Gozo, and a kind of votive disk in stone, with a bas relief, representing, on one of the sides, a sphinx, with a paw placed on the head of a ram.
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