vo·​tive | \ ˈvō-tiv How to pronounce votive (audio) \

Definition of votive

1 : consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire a votive prayer
2 : offered or performed in fulfillment of a vow or in gratitude or devotion

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Other Words from votive

votively adverb
votiveness noun

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All six of the new Yuletide scents start at just $2 and come in various sizes from tiny tea lights and votive lights to pillar candles and large jars. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The 2018 Yankee Candle Christmas Scents Have Arrived and We Are So Ready," 5 Oct. 2018 Drop them in a votive holder of your choice—metallics, patterns, and warm colors give off a light shadow when alight—and place them around a room for romantic mood lighting. Kaitlin Clark, Curbed, "A beginner’s guide to decorating with candles," 23 July 2018 White candles tucked into antique brass candlesticks, brass shot glasses that double as votive holders, a bay leaf garland and heirloom pumpkins cast a note of laid-back romance onto the holiday table. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20+ Sophisticated Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas," 31 Oct. 2017 In the votive candlelight glow of June’s tribute, the everyday accouterments of their white-collar desks acquire a noble spirit, becoming standards of her world’s lost hopes and ideals. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Season 2, Episode 2 Recap - 10 Lingering Takeaways from 'Unwomen'," 26 Apr. 2018 The seeds would sprout and the figures would be dried in the sun, wrapped in linen and placed on the waterway in votive barques guided to Canopus. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’ Review: Treasures Beneath the Waves," 27 Mar. 2018 Gridded glass, akin to Wagner’s tile floors, gives Louise Roe’s votive holders additional play of light. Janelle Zara, WSJ, "A Masterpiece of Modernist Architecture? I Had My Doubts," 16 Mar. 2018 Soy wax is poured into an opaque handcrafted glass, in both a votive size ($25 with a 30-hour burn time) a larger tumbler with a satin brass lid ($65, 60-hour burn time). Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Kendra Scott Is Launching a Gorgeous Gemstone-Inspired Candle Collection," 28 Mar. 2018 Renato simply painted a series of bars and blocks in red, black or white around its edges, giving it a kind of frame and turning it into a votive object of a female goddess. Roberta Smith And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of votive

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for votive

Latin votivus, from votum vow

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The first known use of votive was in 1597

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English Language Learners Definition of votive

formal : consisting of or expressing a religious vow, wish, or desire : offered or performed as an expression of thanks or devotion to God

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