ro·​ga·​tion | \ rō-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce rogation (audio) \

Definition of rogation

2 : the religious observance of the Rogation Days often used in plural

Examples of rogation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coconut was supposed to be used for a cleansing ceremony (rogation) for Lopez. Sarah Betancourt, Longreads, "The Religion No One Talks About: My Search For Answers in an Old Caribbean Faith," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rogation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rogation

Middle English rogacion, borrowed from Late Latin rogātiōn-, rogātiō, going back to Latin, "request, questioning, bill put before an assembly," from rogāre "to ask, request" (probably verbal derivative of a nominal base *rogo- "stretched, extended, directed (in request)," akin to Germanic *raka- "straight" —whence Old Norse rakr— and *rakjan- "to stretch" —whence Old English reccan) + -tiōn-, tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at rack entry 1

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“Rogation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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