[ roh-gey-shuhn ]
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  1. Usually rogations. Ecclesiastical. solemn supplication, especially as chanted during procession on the three days (Rogation Days ) before Ascension Day.

  2. Roman History.

    • the proposing by the consuls or tribunes of a law to be passed by the people.

    • a law so proposed.

Origin of rogation

1350–1400; Middle English rogacio(u)n<Latin rogātiōn- (stem of rogātiō), equivalent to rogāt(us) (past participle of rogāre to ask, beg) + -iōn--ion

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How to use rogation in a sentence

  • Without the psalms they are said on the feast of Saint Mark and on the three rogation days.

  • To have no definite date conveyed by the term 'rogation Sunday' is to the clerical mind gross ignorance.

    John Caldigate | Anthony Trollope
  • It was the first of the rogation days, which an Anglican may see, in his book of common-prayer, noted as days of abstinence.

    Four Years in France | Henry Digby Beste

British Dictionary definitions for rogation


/ (rəʊˈɡeɪʃən) /

  1. (usually plural) Christianity a solemn supplication, esp in a form of ceremony prescribed by the Church

Origin of rogation

C14: from Latin rogātiō, from rogāre to ask, make supplication

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