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supererogate

[soo-per-er-uh-geyt] /ˌsu pərˈɛr əˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), supererogated, supererogating.
1.
to do more than duty requires.
Origin
1730-1740
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 forms
supererogation, noun
supererogator, noun
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  • As was stated in substance in an early case, the court cannot be called upon to perform a work of mere supererogation.
  • Is so universal and its merits so well known that it scorns a work of supererogation to endorse it.
British Dictionary definitions for supererogation

supererogation

/ˌsuːpərˌɛrəˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the performance of work in excess of that required
2.
(RC Church) supererogatory prayers, devotions, etc

supererogate

/ˌsuːpərˈɛrəˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (obsolete) to do or perform more than is required
Derived Forms
supererogator, noun
Word Origin
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
n.

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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