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verb (used without object), su·per·er·o·gat·ed, su·per·er·o·gat·ing.
  1. to do more than duty requires.
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Origin of supererogate

1730–40; < Late Latin superērogātus (past participle of superērogāre to pay out in addition), equivalent to super- super- + ērogātus past participle of ērogāre to pay out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + rog(ere) to ask + -ātus -ate1
Related formssu·per·er·o·ga·tion, nounsu·per·er·o·ga·tor, noun
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Related Words for supererogation

attrition, glut, waste, exuberance, surplus, overkill, profusion, overabundance, superabundance, verbosity, circumlocution, superfluity, verboseness, verbiage, prolixity, pleonasm, supererogation, periphrasis, tautology, exorbitance

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Historical Examples of supererogation

  • His followers had accounted this a supererogation of pretence.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for supererogation


  1. the performance of work in excess of that required
  2. RC Church supererogatory prayers, devotions, etc
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  1. (intr) obsolete to do or perform more than is required
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Derived Formssupererogator, noun

Word Origin for supererogate

C16: from Late Latin superērogāre to spend over and above, from Latin super- + ērogāre to pay out
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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).

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