Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Word of the day: abrogate

The word of the day is abrogate:

  1. to abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal
  2. to put aside; put an end to.

1520s, from adj. abrogate (mid-15c.), from L. abrogatus, pp. of abrogare "to annul, repeal (a law)," from ab- "away" + rogare "propose a law, request" (see rogation).


"The Magna Carta probably means more to people in the United States than in England in many ways. The 1215 document was abrogated and never went into effect."

 - Laura Demanski, "Chartered philanthropy: As the historic document turns 800, David M. Rubenstein, JD '73, reflects on preserving a Magna Carta in the United States", Fall 2015 The University of Chicago Magazine (

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