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

[From Latin vōtum, vow; see vote.]


n, pl -ries
1. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
2. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
3. a devoted adherent of a religion, cause, leader, pursuit, etc
(Ecclesiastical Terms) ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint
[C16: from Latin vōtum a vow, from vovēre to vow]
ˈvotaress, ˈvotress fem n


(ˈvoʊ tə ri)

also vo′ta•rist,

n., pl. -ries also -rists.
1. a devoted worshiper of a deity, saint, etc., or a devout adherent of a religion.
2. a person who is devoted to some subject or pursuit; devotee: a votary of jazz.
3. a devoted follower or admirer.
4. a person who is bound by solemn religious vows.
[1540–50; < Latin vōt(um) a vow]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.votary - one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service; "monasteries of votaries"
religious - a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience
2.votary - a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult; "a votary of Aphrodite"
vestal virgin - (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
bacchant - (classical mythology) a priest or votary of Bacchus
bacchante - (classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchus
non-Christian priest, priest - a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies in a non-Christian religion
3.votary - a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity; "the cultured votary of science"
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another


One zealously devoted to a religion:


[ˈvəʊtərɪ] N
1. (Rel) → devoto/a m/f
2. (fig) → partidario/a m/f


n (Rel) → Geweihte(r) mf; (fig)Jünger(in) m(f)
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The open sympathy of the listeners stirred the spirit of the votary of music, whose voice regained its richness and volume, without losing that touching softness which proved its secret charm.
Randall had a soul above farming or trading and was a votary of the Muses.
I burnt for the more active life of the world- -for the more exciting toils of a literary career--for the destiny of an artist, author, orator; anything rather than that of a priest: yes, the heart of a politician, of a soldier, of a votary of glory, a lover of renown, a luster after power, beat under my curate's surplice.
It is evident that no other form would be reconcilable with the genius of the people of America; with the fundamental principles of the Revolution; or with that honorable determination which animates every votary of freedom, to rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.
To settle this they beat their idols soundly against each other; whichever first loses a tooth or a claw is considered as confuted, and his votary retires from the field.
Gallant, expansive, amusing, more pleased himself with the effect he produced than those (even when they were well pleased) for whom he produced it; a master of all the distinctively social virtues and a votary of all agreeable sensations; a devotee of something mysterious and sacred to which he occasionally alluded in terms more ecstatic even than those in which he spoke of the last pretty woman, and which was simply the beautiful though somewhat superannuated image of HONOR; he was irresistibly entertaining and enlivening, and he formed a character to which Newman was as capable of doing justice when he had once been placed in contact with it, as he was unlikely, in musing upon the possible mixtures of our human ingredients, mentally to have foreshadowed it.
Only superstition is now so well advanced, that men of the first blood, are as firm as butchers by occupation; and votary resolution, is made equipollent to custom, even in matter of blood.
I would have thee know, fair friend, that I am, as it were, a votary at the shrine of Saint Wilfred who, thou mayst know, took, willy-nilly, all their gold from the heathen, and melted it up into candlesticks.
Only half an hour before he had been fastening up her plaits for her, and talking the "little language" of affection, which Rosamond, though not returning it, accepted as if she had been a serene and lovely image, now and then miraculously dimpling towards her votary.
Guiltless of all irony, she answered yet in a form which was not perhaps unnatural in the wife of Mr Verloc, Delegate of the Central Red Committee, personal friend of certain anarchists, and a votary of social revolution.
As each stakeholder brings his activity to the fore to take a billion-strong people into confidence, the website and associated social media infrastructure ensures that each citizen in the country becomes a votary for a better future.
He says he will continue raising his voice over the issue of reservation for poor even if this results in him being hanged till death in his last-ditch bid to prove a votary of poor's rights.