votary \VOH-tuh-ree, noun:
1. One who is devoted, given, or addicted to some particular pursuit, subject, study, or way of life.
2. A devoted admirer.
3. A devout adherent of a religion or cult.
4. A dedicated believer or advocate.
When she held out her hand to receive the glass, she had more the air of a full-grown Bacchante, celebrating the rites of Bacchus, than a votary at the shrine of Hygeia.
— Pamela Neville-Sington, Fanny Trollope
Perhaps most amazingly, votaries of “diversity” insist on absolute conformity.
— Tony Snow, “Lifestyle police: Enough already”, USA Today, June 10, 1996
It must be remembered that undisguised atrocities on a stupendous scale… would be too strong for the stomach of even the most brutalized people, and would tend to bring war into discredit with all but its monomaniac votaries.
— “The Idea of a League of Nations”, The Atlantic