Upholder is a related term of votary.
As nouns the difference between upholder and votary
is that upholder
is someone who upholds something while votary
is a person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made.
As an adjective votary is
consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.
Consecrated by a vow or promise; consequent on a vow; devoted; promised.
* Francis Bacon
- Votary resolution is made equipollent to custom.
A person, such as a monk or nun, who lives a religious life according to vows they have made
A devotee of a particular religion or cult
A devout or zealous worshipper
Someone who is devoted to a particular pursuit etc; an enthusiast.
* 1922 , (James Joyce), Chapter 13
*:Gerty was dressed simply but with the instinctive taste of a votary of Dame Fashion for she felt that there was just a might that he might be out.
*1893, , Collaboration [http://www.henryjames.org.uk/collab/CLtext.htm]
*: He is such a votary of the modern that he was inevitably interested in the girl of the future and had matched one reform with another, being ready to marry without a penny, as the clearest way of expressing his appreciation, this favourable specimen of the type.