supererogation love

Definitions

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  • n. Doing more than is required.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of supererogating; performance of more than duty or necessity requires.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who supererogates; performance of more than duty requires.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an effort above and beyond the call of duty

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Examples

  • Unlike the concepts of justice and duty, which have deep roots in both ordinary language and everyday moral judgment, the idea of supererogation is only tenuously anchored in common moral discourse and the concept itself is a theoretical construct.

    How to Kill a Missionary

  • But this double role of normative discourse inevitably raises the idea of supererogation, the category of actions that are praiseworthy (either in creating good states of affairs or in reflecting a particularly virtuous trait of character) yet at the same time not obligatory.

    How to Kill a Missionary

  • I mean a month at least, taking the bark even to supererogation, that is, some time longer than Dr. Middleton requires; for, I presume, you are got over your childishness about tastes, and are sensible that your health deserves more attention than your palate.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Europe: I mean a month at least, taking the bark even to supererogation, that is, some time longer than Dr. Middleton requires; for, I presume, you are got over your childishness about tastes, and are sensible that your health deserves more attention than your palate.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Earl of Chesterfield Works

  • It would be "supererogation" to go into our early legislation, which is familiar to the colony in a hundred publications, besides the fact that

    Personal Recollections of Early Melbourne and Victoria

  • I am going to go out on a limb and say that that "supererogation" is yet another one of these instances. on 01 May 2009 at 11: 40 pm + Alan

    internetmonk.com

  • A gift is often an act of supererogation, something that is morally good to do, but not required.

    MJR Montoya: On the Politics of Giving and Receiving -- Obama and the Peace Prize

  • Giving a gift to a powerful person can be seen as an act of supererogation.

    MJR Montoya: On the Politics of Giving and Receiving -- Obama and the Peace Prize

  • There is no knockout argument for any of the three views of supererogation.

    How to Kill a Missionary

  • Paradoxically, it may be noted, exactly because human actions can never fulfill God's commandments, divine grace is never due or ethically called for: it is typically supererogatory, a free gift of God! An interesting parallel to the Christian concept of supererogation can be found in Jewish thought in the notion of "lifnim mishurat hadin".

    How to Kill a Missionary

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  • I'm surprised they didn't figure out a way to charge for that. Think indulgences.

    November 2, 2007

  • actions believed to form a reserve fund of merit that can be drawn on by prayer in favour of sinners.

    November 2, 2007