• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ex-voto An offering to a church in fulfillment of a vow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ex-voto An object presented at a shrine as a votive offering; an offering, as a tablet, picture, etc., made in pursuance of a vow: a practice common in Roman Catholic countries.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ex, out of, in accordance with + voto, abl. of votum, a vow


In literature:

The tables and shelves were covered with ex votos, the offerings of the grateful poor.
"The Commission in Lunacy" by Honore de Balzac
I have explained in "Ex Voto" that I do not believe this story.
"Essays on Life, Art and Science" by Samuel Butler
It is the only Protestant church in which I have ever seen ex votos.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
This he undertook to do when he should have finished Ex Voto.
"The Humour of Homer and Other Essays" by Samuel Butler
During these last years I have been present at the discovery of five deposits of ex-votos, each marking the site of a place of pilgrimage.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
The fainting figures that were painted in the ex-voto of the triptiques seemed ill with love.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
In this photo dated 2009, the reliquary is adorned with both ex-votos and flowers.
"Romanesque Art in Southern Manche: Album" by Marie Lebert
It is lavishly decorated with precious stones and surrounded by ex-votos.
"Venice and its Story" by Thomas Okey