- to do more than duty requires.
Origin of supererogate
Examples from the Web for supererogation
His followers had accounted this a supererogation of pretence.Captain Blood
Some readers will consider such an inquiry to be a work of supererogation.On the Genesis of Species
St. George Mivart
Haymaking and the building of barns are works of supererogation.
To do more was supererogation, and ought to be credited to zeal.Between the Lines
Henry Bascom Smith
The idea of it has never occurred to us, simply because of its supererogation.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- the performance of work in excess of that required
- RC Church supererogatory prayers, devotions, etc
- (intr) obsolete to do or perform more than is required
Word Origin and History for supererogation
1520s, "the doing of more than duty requires," in Catholic theology, from Late Latin supererogationem (nominative supererogatio) "a payment in addition," from past participle stem of supererogare "pay or do additionally," from Latin super "above, over" (see super-) + erogare "pay out," from ex- "out" + rogare "ask, request" (see rogation).