ro·​ga·​tion rō-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce rogation (audio)
: the religious observance of the Rogation Days
often used in plural

Examples of rogation in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rogation was in the 14th century

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“Rogation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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