Definition of votary:
disciple, epigone, cult, votarist, pupil, ascetic, adherent, belief, brethren, enthusiast, zealot, brother, partisan, devotee, cleric, animism, religion, liege man, congregation, denomination, fanatic, love, sectary, coreligionist, acolyte, Baha'i, convert.
I have formed a picture of the domestic life of a poet, and the pursuits of a votary of taste, both equally contracted in their endeavours, from the habits, the emotions, and the events which occurred to Shenstone.- "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)", Isaac Disraeli.
If I could freely have chosen moreover it was precisely from my father's mother that, fond votary of the finest faith in the vivifying and characterising force of mothers, I should have wished to borrow it; even while conscious that Catherine Barber's own people had drawn breath in American air for at least two generations before her.- "A Small Boy and Others", Henry James.
For I deem that the true votary of philosophy is likely to be misunderstood by other men; they do not perceive that he is always pursuing death and dying; and if this be so, and he has had the desire of death all his life long, why when his time comes should he repine at that which he has been always pursuing and desiring?- "Phaedo The Last Hours Of Socrates", Plato.