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rogation

[roh-gey-shuh n] /roʊˈgeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Usually, rogations. Ecclesiastical. solemn supplication, especially as chanted during procession on the three days (Rogation Days) before Ascension Day.
2.
Roman History.
  1. the proposing by the consuls or tribunes of a law to be passed by the people.
  2. a law so proposed.
Origin
1350-1400
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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  • rogation has a small flock of chickens that he feeds using a technique handed down through several generations of his family.
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British Dictionary definitions for rogation

rogation

/rəʊˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
(usually pl) (Christianity) a solemn supplication, esp in a form of ceremony prescribed by the Church
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rogātiō, from rogāre to ask, make supplication
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Word Origin and History for rogation
n.

late 14c., from Latin rogationem (nominative rogatio) "an asking, prayer, entreaty," noun of action from past participle stem of rogare "to ask," apparently a figurative use and meaning literally "to stretch out (the hand)," from PIE *rog-, 0-grade form of root *reg- "move in a straight line" (see regal). Related: Rogations.

Rogation days were the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day, a time for processions round fields blessing crops and praying for good harvest, also blessing the boundary markers of each parish. Discouraged by Protestants as superstitious, but continued or revived in modified form as beating the bounds.

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