supererogation

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su·per·er·o·ga·tion / ˌsoōpərˌerəˈgāshən/ • n. the performance of more work than duty requires. PHRASES: works of supererogation (in the Roman Catholic Church) actions believed to form a reserve fund of merit that can be drawn on by prayer in favor of sinners.DERIVATIVES: su·per·e·rog·a·to·ry / -əˈrägəˌtôrē/ adj.