First attested in 1526, from Middle English abrogat (“abolished”), from Latin abrogātus, perfect passive participle of abrogō (“repealed”), formed from ab (“away”) + rogō (“ask, inquire, propose”). See rogation.
abrogate (not comparable)
- (archaic) Abrogated; abolished. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, page 4:
- Where hunters and woodcutters once slept in their boots by the dying light of their thousand fires and went on, old teutonic forebears with eyes incandesced by the visionary light of a massive rapacity, wave on wave of the violent and insane, their brains stoked with spoorless analogues of all that was, lean aryans with their abrogate semitic chapbook reenacting the dramas and parables therein and mindless and pale with a longing that nothing save dark's total restitution could appease.
- (transitive) To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or her or his successor; to repeal; — applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
1796, Edmund Burke, Letter I. On the Overtures of Peace.:
- Whose laws, like those of the Medes and Persian, they cannot alter or abrogate.
- (transitive) To put an end to; to do away with. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
- (molecular biology, transitive) To block a process or function.
- (to annul by authoritative act): abolish, annul, countermand, invalidate, nullify, overrule, overturn, quash, repeal, rescind, retract, reverse, revoke, set aside, supersede, suspend, undo, veto, void, waive, withdraw
- (to put an end to): abjure, annihilate, cancel, dissolve, do away with, end, obliterate, obviate, recant, subvert, terminate, vitiate, wipe out
- ^ Elliott K. Dobbie, C. William Dunmore, Robert K. Barnhart, et al. (editors), Chambers Dictionary of Etymology (Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 2004 , ISBN 0550142304), page 4
- “abrogate” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 8.
- abrogate at OneLook Dictionary Search
- abrogate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913