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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.]
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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
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(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]
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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
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One zealously devoted to a religion:
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[ˈvəʊtərɪ] N
1. (Rel) → devoto/a m/f
2. (fig) → partidario/a m/f
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n (Rel) → Geweihte(r) mf; (fig)Jünger(in) m(f)
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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.
Randall had a soul above farming or trading and was a votary of the Muses.
(if there be any such deity, for I do not confidently assert it) preserved his votary; or perhaps it may not be dignus vindice nodus , and the present security of Jones may be accounted for by natural means; for as love frequently preserves from the attacks of hunger, so may hunger possibly, in some cases, defend us against love.
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.
Referring to the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Mayawati said that Ambedkar had always been a votary of equality, unity and integrity of the country and was not at all in favour of the separate provision.
Guard yourself from committing injustice.' Holy Prophet (SAW) was also a stauch votary of women rights.
Mulang'o Baraza, votary of global peace, historian and author, Nairobi.
For skin, I revamped my routine once more with Votary. Its Cleansing Oil with Rose Geranium Apricot is a super-gentle makeup remover that combats dullness and uneven skin tones.
He continues to do so as a candidate for next year's presidential nomination, and was the leading fundraiser until Joe Biden stepped in as a votary of the neoliberal status quo ante that all too many voters rejected in 2016.
Srinivas noted: "What is Hinduism without caste?" Given this absolute reality, a votary of Hindutva which is what Modi is, can only use the democratic system for as long it is useful.