Adjective "votive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Offered or consecrated in fulfilment of a vow.
  1. 'Painted like Easter eggs, the crosses and ovals also suggest contemporary shrines and gently guide our thoughts toward gardens, votive objects and redemption.'
  2. 'DeCredico's medium-size bronze sculptures, with their dark brown patina, make one think of cult objects or votive offerings.'
  3. 'The temple's courtyard has scores of small shrines and votive stupas.'
  4. 'You can make votive lamps really easily by sticking a bit of paper towel/cotton ball into a small cup of olive oil and lighting the end.'
  5. 'Also, the worshippers would cast their votive offerings for the goddess into the spring associated with the temple.'
  6. 'At Benwell, the god Antenociticus had a small temple outside the Roman fort that was found to contain three votive altars set up by soldiers.'
  7. 'Cities, as well as individuals, made votive offerings to the gods on special occasions.'
  8. 'Rivers were sacred in the Celtic world, and places where votive offerings were deposited and burials often conducted.'
  9. 'Van der Velden offers a useful classification of votive gifts, of which the image is only one of many alternatives.'
  10. 'Many votive offerings were found, including bronze dogs and models of limbs suggesting a healing cult.'


An object offered in fulfilment of a vow, such as a candle used as a vigil light.
  1. 'At least in its second phase, however, the building was equipped with a niche (for a votive or cult statue?)'
  2. 'As with any divinity, more personalized dedications show variation from these norms, and Demeter's votives may not be identical at every sanctuary.'
  3. 'The resulting wax designs are attached to solid-colored votives to make personalized gifts.'
  4. 'A high wall in an elegant London park is covered in drawings, photographs cut out of magazines and elaborately crafted votives.'
  5. 'Clear glass votives shine with an inner coating of silver leaf.'
  6. 'Small votives tastefully displayed in a variety of glass cups are perfect for informal parties or intimate group settings.'
  7. 'Place glasses on the table in lieu of traditional tapers or votives.'
  8. 'The remaining materials that have been found in this building, such as votives, a sundial, basins, lamps, and other finds, could have been used in the last phase.'
  9. 'Candles, both large and small, tapered, pillar or votives all generate a warm, inviting, flickering light to the room.'
  10. '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.'


1. offered, given, dedicated, etc., in accordance with a vow: a votive offering.

2. performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow.

3. of the nature of or expressive of a wish or desire.

More examples(as adjective)

"offeringses can be votive."

"offerings can be votive."

"objects can be votive."

"antiphons can be votive."

"deposits can be votive."

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