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    "votive" as a noun?

    I guess some of you know the movie "V for Vendetta". Here's the scene where the protagonist introduces himself:

    YouTube - V Introduces Himself

    In his speech he uses "votive", which every dictionary I know only knows as an adjective, in the following way:

    The only verdict is vengeance - a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain ...

    What would you say "votive" means here? I'm going for "symbol" - does somebody agree?
    I'm thinking maybe the word which formerly was only an adjective can now also be used as a noun. What do you think? - I mean even a native speaker probably doesn't use it all too often and therefore it's not perceived as being overly wrong.

    What do the native speakers here say about this?

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    Re: "votive" as a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    I guess some of you know the movie "V for Vendetta". Here's the scene where the protagonist introduces himself:

    YouTube - V Introduces Himself

    In his speech he uses "votive", which every dictionary I know only knows as an adjective, in the following way:

    The only verdict is vengeance - a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain ...

    What would you say "votive" means here? I'm going for "symbol" - does somebody agree?
    I'm thinking maybe the word which formerly was only an adjective can now also be used as a noun. What do you think? - I mean even a native speaker probably doesn't use it all too often and therefore it's not perceived as being overly wrong.

    What do the native speakers here say about this?
    He just uses it because it starts with "v", it has no meaning in that sense.

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    Re: "votive" as a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    He just uses it because it starts with "v", it has no meaning in that sense.
    Well, yes, but he can't just look for words beginning with "v". He also has to choose them so they make sense in the context.

    How do you understand "a vendetta held as a votive"?

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    Re: "votive" as a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    Well, yes, but he can't just look for words beginning with "v". He also has to choose them so they make sense in the context.

    How do you understand "a vendetta held as a votive"?
    It doesn't make any sense.

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    Smile Re: "votive" as a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shenfeng View Post
    Well, yes, but he can't just look for words beginning with "v". He also has to choose them so they make sense in the context.

    How do you understand "a vendetta held as a votive"?
    Hi,

    I have watched that little movie but I think one thing is sure it's that guy is a bit crazy and the other thing it's he likes the 'V' consonant.

    Have a nice day V man
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