Supererogate
Supererogate Su`per*er"o*gate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Supererogated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supererogating}.] [L. supererogatus, p. p. of supererogare to spend or pay out over and above; super over, above + erogare to expend or pay out money from the public treasury after asking the consent of the people. See {Super-}, and {Erogate}, {Rogation}.] To do more than duty requires; to perform works of supererogation; to atone (for a dificiency in another) by means of a surplus action or quality. [1913 Webster]

The fervency of one man in prayer can not supererogate for the coldness of another. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • supererogate — index surpass Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • supererogate — [so͞o΄pərer′ə gāt΄] vi. supererogated, supererogating [< LL supererogatus, pp. of supererogare, to pay out beyond what is expected < super (see SUPER ) + erogare, to pay out (after consent by the people) < e (for ex ), out + rogare, to… …   English World dictionary

  • supererogate — verb To engage in supererogation. They who, in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, ... mdash; The Westminster Confession of… …   Wiktionary

  • supererogate — supererogation, n. supererogator, n. /sooh peuhr er euh gayt /, v.i., supererogated, supererogating. to do more than duty requires. [1730 40; < LL supererogatus (ptp. of supererogare to pay out in addition), equiv. to super SUPER + erogatus ptp.… …   Universalium

  • supererogate — su•per•er•o•gate [[t]ˌsu pərˈɛr əˌgeɪt[/t]] v. i. gat•ed, gat•ing to do more than duty requires • Etymology: 1730–40; < LL superērogātus, ptp. of superērogāre to pay out in addition su per•er o•ga′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • supererogate — /supərˈɛrəgeɪt/ (say soohpuhr eruhgayt) verb (i) (supererogated, supererogating) to do more than duty requires. {Late Latin superērogātus, past participle, from Latin super above + ērogātus, past participle, paid out} –supererogation… …   Australian English dictionary

  • supererogate —   v.i. do more than necessary.    ♦ supererogation,    ♦ supererogator, n.    ♦ supererogative, supererogatory, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • supererogate — supererogation, n. supererogator, n. /sooh peuhr er euh gayt /, v.i., supererogated, supererogating. to do more than duty requires. [1730 40; < LL supererogatus (ptp. of supererogare to pay out in addition), equiv. to super SUPER + erogatus… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Supererogated — Supererogate Su per*er o*gate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Supererogated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supererogating}.] [L. supererogatus, p. p. of supererogare to spend or pay out over and above; super over, above + erogare to expend or pay out money from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Supererogating — Supererogate Su per*er o*gate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Supererogated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Supererogating}.] [L. supererogatus, p. p. of supererogare to spend or pay out over and above; super over, above + erogare to expend or pay out money from the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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