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votary

1. RC Church Eastern Churches a person, such as a monk or nun, who has dedicated himself or herself to religion by taking vows
2. ardently devoted to the services or worship of God, a deity, or a saint
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the gods of Creativity arrive to possess their worshippers only at such moments when these votaries are in acute distress, when they are sunk in situations of deep emotional and psychological crisis, or lost in ecstatic delirium.
The ex-Carmelite John Bale was a keen antiquary, and his writings, the apocalyptic Image of both Churches and Actes of the Englysh Votaries, proved seminal.
Apart from anything else, this excuses the actual votaries of real Stalinism in Spain, who made it their business to put down the insurgent plebeians by force and to wage a campaign of lies and terror in order to do so.
We see stalls bearing the inscription of nearly every important town and neighbourhood in the kingdom, containing the richest specimens of all that art and ingenuity and taste can display, presided over by the votaries of a great principle, and by those who have been moved to a compassionate sympathy for the sufferings of the great masses of our fellow countrymen in the recent years of scarcity and distress;--who, now that those clouds are passed, and a more happy and prosperous period accompanies a time of plenty, are still willing to make any personal effort or sacrifice to save their neighbours and their country from a recurrence of such scenes as have stricken with grief and sorrow the hearts of the stoutest during the late years of suffering.
Freud has been dead for nearly seventy years but he has many votaries who live on.
The unruly body of sensibility demands of its votaries that they give up autonomy over the reasoning self, and for many writers the dangers of such a loss of control conjured the twin spectres of gender chaos and mob rule.
The marbles were originally designed to show a continuous procession of Olympic Gods and votaries.
The young votaries of movements like "True Love Waits," who vow to save themselves for marriage, may have a little more good sense than my lover and I did, but some of them too will discover that the skin makes its own laws, as imperious as those of the Bible; they will even discover that those laws are not bad laws for being different ones, and then they will be troubled.
The author of Free Love and Its Votaries despaired that
By contrast, inland rural sanctuary sites, such as Arsos, Golgoi, Idalion, Phasoula and Voni--sanctuaries in which there were age-old traditions of setting up literally hundreds of limestone sculptures interpreted as votaries from the Archaic into the Hellenistic/Roman periods - are devoid of marble sculpture.
Though it can heal wounds instantly and prolong life indefinitely, the life it gives to its votaries is not regenerate eternity, but protracted sequential existence.