Definition of votive in English:


Syllabification: vo·tive
Pronunciation: /ˈvōtiv


Offered or consecrated in fulfillment of a vow: votive offerings
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  • Cities, as well as individuals, made votive offerings to the gods on special occasions.
  • Rivers were sacred in the Celtic world, and places where votive offerings were deposited and burials often conducted.
  • Fine or folk art created or utilized specifically for protection, intercession, or votive offering.


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An object offered in fulfillment of a vow, such as a candle used as a vigil light.
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  • As with any divinity, more personalized dedications show variation from these norms, and Demeter's votives may not be identical at every sanctuary.
  • To raise money for new wool jumpers, Miss Cropsey decided that we would sell Christmas candles, little votives whose holders were covered in red or green velvet with fake pine cones attached.
  • A thin woolen blanket had been lain on the wood-planked floor with several lit glass jar candles and votives surrounding the blanket and resting on the railing.


late 16th century: from Latin votivus, from votum (see vote). The original sense was 'expressing a desire', preserved in votive Mass.

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