rogation

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noun ro·ga·tion \rō-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of rogation

  1. 1 :  litany, supplication

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

Origin and Etymology of 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 3rack


First Known Use: 14th century

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