Where a man lives down such calumnies as we have cited, it really seems like supererogation to defend him from them.
Haymaking and the building of barns are works of supererogation.
Explaining the fascination of anything seems to be a thankless kind of task, and in any case to be a work of supererogation.
To do more was supererogation, and ought to be credited to zeal.
This is such palpable nonsense that it would be a work of supererogation to prove its absurdity.
Some readers will consider such an inquiry to be a work of supererogation.
I will give the reader an instance of a work of supererogation, in which he will at least be at a loss to discover any "impiety."
By that time, of course, the retort is what the Catholics call "a work of supererogation."
Hors d'oeuvres are works of supererogation, and have never been, so to speak, acclimatised in our English table-land.
And think of that poor girl living with this human work of 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).