from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical Solemn prayer or supplication, especially as chanted during the rites of a Rogation Day. Often used in the plural.
- n. The formal proposal of a law in ancient Rome by a tribune or consul to the people for acceptance or rejection.
- n. A law proposed in this manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A deeply serious and somber prayer or entreaty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a law to be passed by the people; a proposed law or decree.
- n. Litany; supplication.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Rom. jurisprudence, the demand by the consuls or tribunes of a law to be passed by the people.
- n. Litany; supplication: especially as said in procession.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a solemn supplication ceremony prescribed by the church
Middle English rogacioun, from Latin rogātiō, rogātiōn-, from rogātus, past participle of rogāre, to ask; see reg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin rogātiō, from rogō ("request") (Wiktionary)