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[soo-per-er-uh-geyt] /ˌsu pərˈɛr əˌgeɪt/
verb (used without object), supererogated, supererogating.
to do more than duty requires.
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 forms
supererogation, noun
supererogator, noun Unabridged
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  • But for all that, Horse Shoe, he wa'n't going to supererogate me, without getting as good as he sent.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson John Pendleton Kennedy
  • To supererogate is to overpay, or to do more than duty requires.

    Write It Right Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for supererogate


(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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