Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Consecrated by a vow or promise; also, consequent on a vow; devoted; votive.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Latin vōtum, vow; see vote.]

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

    There are aspects of Sri Aurobindo's thought that forms the genealogy and patrimony of political Hindutva

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

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