Etymology of Vote

Identified in medieval Latin as votare (as the verb ‘to vote’), from the noun coming from Latin in votum (as the noun ‘vote’), originally comprising a pact of devotion to God or tribute to a divine entity over the intimacy of a request. The interpretation within the scope of choosing between different options was originally known as ‘suffrage’, in the form of the Latin suffragium. For this reason we distinguish binding words about the roots as ‘devotion’ (in the Latin devotio) or expressions such as votive mass or the spanish traditional Vow of Santiago, expression in which Vow comes from Latin votum, in order to configure an annual retribution to the apostle for his apparent help in the war of Clavijo in 844, transformed into a national celebration in 1643 during the reign of Philip IV of Spain.

On the other hand, the root marked by votum is associated with the participle votus, from the verb vovere, as we have already observed, at the behest of a belief, interpreted as ‘promising or being willing’.

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