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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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We have already seen Isabella's alacrity for the strict discipline of monastic life when she declares to her abbess that, far from desiring "farther privileges" as a nun, she speaks as one "wishing a more strict restraint / Upon the sisterhood, the votarists of St Clare"--an order already notable for its rigor (1.4.1-5).
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Reconsidered in this context, the novice Isabella's wish for greater restraints on her behavior among the votarists of St.