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vo·ta·ry

 (vō′tə-rē)
n. pl. vo·ta·ries
1.
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.]

votary

(ˈvəʊtərɪ)
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
adj
(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

vo•ta•ry

(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

votary

noun
One zealously devoted to a religion:
Translations

votary

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

votary

n (Rel) → Geweihte(r) mf; (fig)Jünger(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
"Votaries of the Maypole," cried the flower-decked priest, "merrily, all day long, have the woods echoed to your mirth.
Its votaries danced round it, once, at least, in every month; sometimes they called it their religion, or their altar; but always, it was the banner staff of Merry Mount.
But the votaries of the Maypole gave one groan for their idol.
Her ornaments were similar to those worn by her votaries, but much more elaborate, many being set with diamonds.
And during it the priestess stood with poised knife above Tarzan, her eyes fixed in horror upon the maniacal thing that was dealing out death and destruction to her votaries.
The Christianity of America is a Christianity, of whose votaries it may be as truly said, as it was of the ancient scribes and Pharisees, "They bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
But the fact is, that we already hear it whispered in the private circles of those who oppose the new Constitution, that the thirteen States are of too great extent for any general system, and that we must of necessity resort to separate confederacies of distinct portions of the whole.[1] This doctrine will, in all probability, be gradually propagated, till it has votaries enough to countenance an open avowal of it.
Now will the city have to fill and swell with a multitude of callings which are not required by any natural want; such as the whole tribe of hunters and actors, of whom one large class have to do with forms and colours; another will be the votaries of music--poets and their attendant train of rhapsodists, players, dancers, contractors; also makers of divers kinds of articles, including women's dresses.
The brutal and bloody interruption by Tha, the mad priest, passed vividly before the ape-man's recollective eyes, the flight of the votaries before the insane blood lust of the hideous creature, the brutal attack upon La, and his own part of the grim tragedy when he had battled with the infuriated Oparian and left him dead at the feet of the priestess he would have profaned.
Straightway, the stage would be set up in front of Mr Brass's house; the single gentleman would establish himself at the first floor window; and the entertainment would proceed, with all its exciting accompaniments of fife and drum and shout, to the excessive consternation of all sober votaries of business in that silent thoroughfare.
China barely has a leg to stand on in this context, given its mass incarceration of Uighurs - the votaries of Hindutva still wouldn't dare attempt anything that outrageous in the IHK context.
Without the seriousness of the situation, the prime minister wouldn't be bringing up the issue in a public forum, even if to denigrate its votaries. Our republican constitution has not relegated the crown to, so to speak, the dustbin of history.