• WordNet 3.6
    • n votary a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity "the cultured votary of science"
    • n votary a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult "a votary of Aphrodite"
    • n votary one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service "monasteries of votaries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Votary Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised. "Votary resolution is made equipollent to custom."
    • n Votary 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. "You are already love's firm votary .""'T was coldness of the votary , not the prayer, that was in fault.""But thou, my votary , weepest thou?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • votary Consecrated by a vow or promise; also, consequent on a vow; devoted; votive.
    • n votary 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Votary vō′ta-ri bound or consecrated by a vow
    • n Votary one devoted as by a vow to some service, worship, or way of life:—fem. Vō′taress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From L. votus, p. p. vovere, to vow, to devote. See Vote Vow


In literature:

But Tamasjo had been born and bred in the woods, and did not have to overcome the barriers that civilization hampers its votaries with.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Not a votary could secure you Even a grave for your Divine!
"A Book of Myths" by Jean Lang
Usually the professional votary of Saint Hubert is of solitary habit, and prefers stalking alone.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
But, among all these, that which marks its votaries most clearly, is school-teaching.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Its votaries make no claim to possess the Eternal Life.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Though the little god himself goes naked, he never allows his votaries to follow suit.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
But fashion, unfortunately, blinds the eyes and deafens the ears of its votaries!
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The Pagan God could have perfect peace with his votary, and yet could have no tendency to draw that votary to himself.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
But the vices, like their votaries, go in companies.
"The Young Man's Guide" by William A. Alcott
I am no votary of the Frate's, and would not lay down my little finger for his veracity.
"Romola" by George Eliot
No other religion has such a grip on its votaries.
"The New World of Islam" by Lothrop Stoddard
How the mad votaries of the gambling idol make the air ring with their cries!
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
From the earliest days of manhood Craven Le Noir had been the votary of vice, which he called pleasure.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
They are votaries of the weed, making their pipes either out of driftwood, or of the bones of animals they have used for food.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
My art had driven me forth from my warm fireside, as it is her wont to drive her votaries, and the call of my art I have never disobeyed.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
Slim was the chance the votaries of the game had in his gorgeous halls.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
I will not go the length of our imperial poet and dub its votaries 'flannelled fools.
"From a Cornish Window" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Not a few of the stories are good and amusing in themselves, though of course the votaries of prunes and prism should keep clear of them.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
Synagogue poetry was languishing, and general culture found no votaries among Jews.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
For music is of all arts the one which insists on most co-operation on the part of its votaries.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee

In poetry:

Should soaring science me
Her votary avow,
My only excellence should be
Christ crucified to know.
"Hymn II" by William Duke
It is the hymn
Breath'd ever by the votaries of love,
Whose dulcidence,
Soft and intense,
Soars dreamily above.
"What Is A Sigh?" by Walter Richard Cassels
To thy true votary impart
Hope, from all doubt, all terror free,
Make every movement of my heart
A glow of gratitude to Thee!
"Hymn To The Saviour - II" by William Hayley
While art may still its votaries call;
Commerce claim and give its due;
Supplying still the wants of all,
But not the wastings of the few.
"The Factory Town" by Ernest Jones
Away! thy place is with the vain,
The world her votary claims;
Broken for aye is fancy's chain,
And served are our names;
Away! deceit is on thy brow;
I would not—could not—love thee now.
"Stanzas - III" by Peter John Allan
The midnight lamp gleams dull and pale,—
The maidens twain are weak and frail,—
But Love doth aid his votaries true,
While they the massive bolts undo,—
And a moment hath flown, and the warrior knight
Embraceth his love in the meek moonlight.
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The First" by Thomas Cooper