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vōtum , i, n. voveo.
2. Transf.
a. A thing solemnly promised, that which is vowed or devoted, a votive offering (mostly poet.): “lustramurque Jovi, votisque incendimus aras,with burnt-offerings, Verg. A. 3, 279: “Danai in voto (i. e. equo Trojano) latent,Petr. 89; cf.: “iste ... de bonis illius in aede Veneris argenteum Cupidinem posuit. Sic etiam fortunis hominum abutebatur ad nocturna vota cupiditatum suarum,Cic. Verr. 2, 5, 54, § 142.—
b. Vota, a day on which vows were made for the good of the State (post-class.), Capitol. Pert. 6; Vop. Tac. 9; cf. Dig. 50, 16, 233, § 1.—
B. Transf.
1. (Acc. to voveo, II.) A wish, desire, longing, prayer (perh not ante-Aug.): “ea esse vota, eam esse voluntatem omnium, ut, etc.,Liv. 2, 15, 3: “ejus me compotem voti facere vos potestis,id. 7, 40, 6: “quoniam res Romana contra spem votaque ejus velut resurgeret,id. 24, 45, 3; 35, 42, 5: “quod omnibus votis petendum erat,id. 32, 21, 35: “magnarum cogitationum,Petr. 115: “audivere di mea vota,Hor. C. 4, 13, 1: “haec loca sunt voto fertiliora tuo,Ov. A. A. 1, 90; id. Tr. 1, 2, 1: “votum in amante novum,id. M. 3, 468: “voti potens,id. ib. 8, 80: “quod omnium sit votum parentum, ut, etc.,Quint. 11, 1, 82: “vota parentium,id. 1, 2, 25: id enim voto meo sufficit; “illud supra votum, etc.,Plin. Ep. 5, 8, 3: “Darius votum meum implevit,Curt. 4, 13, 24; 4, 13, 8; Sen. Polyb. 10, 6: “cunctis super vota fluentibus,Tac. H. 3, 48; Sen. Ben. 6, 30, 1: “votum aliquem confodiendi,Suet. Aug. 51; cf. id. ib. 58: “hoc erat in votis: modus agri non ita magnus,Hor. S. 2, 6, 1: “esse in voto,Pers. 3, 48; cf.: “sed hoc votum est et rara felicitas,is rather a thing to be wished, Quint. 12, 5, 6 Spald.; so, votum est, ut, etc., it is to be wished that, etc., Cels. 6, 6, 1: “an venit in votum Attalicis ex urbibus una?Hor. Ep. 1, 11, 5: “non sine votis: O rus, quando ego te aspiciam?id. S. 2, 6, 59. —Of inanimate things: “alioquin vota arborum frugumque communia sunt nivis diutinas sedere,Plin. 17, 2, 2, § 14.—
2. A marriage vow, matrimonial engagement, marriage (post-class.): “ad tertia vota migrare,Cod. Just. 5, 9, 4; 5, 5, 24; 5, 1, 2: “nuptualia,App. M. 4, p. 154, 18; id. Flor. p. 342, 27.
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