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votive

Definition:

dedicated in fulfillment of a vow

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more votive

Superlative:

most votive

Similar to:

consecrated

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

votive prayers

Etymology:

"dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow", from Middle French votif, from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Votive offering | votive deposit

one or more objects displayed or deposited, without the intention of recovery or use, in a sacred place for broadly religious purposes. Such items are a feature of modern and ancient societies and are generally made in order to gain favor with ... (42 of 1754 words, 8 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Votive offering

Collins Dictionary:

votive | optional [synonym, sense-specific] | votively [adverb, derived]

offered, given, undertaken, performed or dedicated in fulfilment of or in accordance with a vow | [Roman Catholic Church] optional; not prescribed; ... (21 of 364 words, 2 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/votive

Oxford Dictionary:

votive

offered or consecrated in fulfilment of a vow | an object offered in fulfilment of a vow, such as a candle used as a vigil light. (25 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/votive

Merriam-Webster:

votive | ex-voto [adjective, votive] | votively [adverb, related] | votiveness [noun, related]

consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire | offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion (22 of 58 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/votive

American Heritage Dictionary:

votive | votively [adverb, related]

Given or dedicated in fulfillment of a vow or pledge | Expressing or symbolizing a wish, desire, or vow (18 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/votive

Wiktionary:

votive | votives [plural]

dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow or pledge | of, expressing or symbolizing a vow; and by extension a thick cylindrical candle | [music] a hymn or chant dedicated to a particular saint, or to the Virgin Mary (38 of 40 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/votive

Random House Dictionary:

votive

offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow. | performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow. | of the nature of or expressive of ... (24 of 39 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/votive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

votive [formal]

given, made, or done as a promise to God (9 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/votive

New World Dictionary:

votive

designed to accomplish or fulfill a special intention, promise, etc., or to express thanks or devotion (16 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/votive

Cambridge Dictionary:

votive [specialized]

given or done to honour and thank a god (9 of 16 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/votive

Encarta Dictionary:

votive

given, done, or offered in fulfillment of an oath or vow | showing or symbolizing a wish or desire (18 of 48 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732377​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

votive

First use: 1590s

Origin: "dedicated or given in fulfillment of a vow", from Middle French votif, from Latin votivus "of or pertaining to a vow, conforming to ... (24 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=votive

Oxford Dictionary:

votive

First use: late 16th century

Origin: Latin votivus, from votum (see "vote"). The original sense was "expressing a desire", preserved in "votive Mass"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/votive

Collins Dictionary:

votive

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin vōtīvus promised by a vow, from vōtum a vow

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/votive

American Heritage Dictionary:

votive

Origin: Latin vōtīvus, from vōtum, vow; see "vote".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/votive

Merriam-Webster:

votive

First use: 1597

Origin: Latin votivus, from votum vow

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/votive

Wiktionary:

votive | votives [plural]

Origin: Latin vōtīvus ("votive"), from vōtum ("vow").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/votive

New World Dictionary:

votive

Origin: Latin votivus from votum: see "vote"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/votive

Encarta Dictionary:

votive

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin votivus from votum

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861732377​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

votive

Audio: British English pronunciation of "votive"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/votive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

votive [formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "votive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/votive

Macmillan American Dictionary:

votive [formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "votive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/votive

Cambridge Dictionary:

votive [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "votive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "votive"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/votive

the Free Dictionary:

votive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "votive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "votive"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "votive" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/votive

Google Dictionary:

votive | votives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "votive"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=votive

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

votive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "votive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=votive​01 word=votive

YourDictionary Audio:

votive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "votive" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/votive

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