Definition of ex-voto in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɛks ˈvəʊtəʊ

noun (plural ex-votos)

An offering given in order to fulfil a vow: on the walls hung dozens of ex-votos [as modifier]: a collection of ex-voto offerings
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  • The result is one of the smallest, most intensely powerful exhibitions I have seen for a long time, in which each piece, while itself a perfect ex-voto, also contributes to the intercessory impact of the whole.
  • His ex-voto will be a part of himself: his child.
  • The monument was probably constructed as an ex-voto to thank God for having stopped the plague that had broken out in 1598.


late 18th century: from Latin ex voto 'from a vow'.

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