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From Latin superērogātōrius (supererogatory), from superērogātiō (payment in addition), from superērogō (pay out over and above), from super (above) + ērogō (pay out, expend); from ex (out of, from) + rogō (ask; request).


  • IPA(key): /suːpəɹɛˈɹɒɡətəɹi/


supererogatory (comparative more supererogatory, superlative most supererogatory)

  1. Pertaining to supererogation; doing more than is required, especially with reference to good works in Roman Catholicism
    • 1886, Henry James, The Bostonians, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 3179002:
      They passed into the ancient shipyard which lay beyond, and which was now a mere vague, grass-grown approach to the waterside, bestrewn with a few remnants of supererogatory timber.
    • 1989, Anthony Burgess, “Un”, in Any Old Iron, London: Hutchinson, →ISBN; republished New York, N.Y.: Washington Square Press, Pocket Books, 1990, →ISBN, page 20:
      "In now you come," she ordered, "and we make love." That seemed supererogatory to David Jones, who, under the gaze of the painted deer, got in there and did as he was told.
    • 2002,David Heyd: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
      It is, for example, not clear whether “love thy enemy” is a precept or a supererogatory counsel.

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