Pronounced: hih-JIGH-ruh (alt: HEJ-uhr-uh), noun
Notes: This is a new word to me
The word votive means
- offered, given, or dedicated in accordance with a vow or wish
- performed, undertaken, etc., in consequence of a vow
Our word came into English in the late 1500s
Background / Comments
I have heard of a “votive candle”, but I always thought that merely meant a small candle; I was not aware that such candles were related to vows. Our word comes from the Latin word votivus, which equivalent to votum (a vow).