[ soo-per-er-uh-geyt ]
/ ˌsu pərˈɛr əˌgeɪt /

verb (used without object), su·per·er·o·gat·ed, su·per·er·o·gat·ing.

to do more than duty requires.

Nearby words

  1. superelastic,
  2. superelevated,
  3. superelevation,
  4. supereminent,
  5. superencipher,
  6. supererogation,
  7. supererogatory,
  8. superette,
  9. superexcitation,
  10. superfamily

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supererogation

British Dictionary definitions for supererogation


/ (ˌsuːpərˌɛrəˈɡeɪʃən) /


the performance of work in excess of that required
RC Church supererogatory prayers, devotions, etc


/ (ˌsuːpərˈɛrəˌɡeɪt) /


(intr) obsolete to do or perform more than is required
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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