A new word – abrogate

If you’ve read my blog for a while then you know that I love words and I especially love to discover a “new” word and then research it.  So let me elucidate on my newest word, abrogate.

Abrogate is a verb meaning to repeal or do away with a law, right, or formal agreement (implying authoritative action). In addition, it can mean to fail to do something that is required (not taking responsibility). A close synonym is “annul”.

Example of use in a sentence:  After his failure to take necessary action the company’s directors were force to abrogate the CEO’s contract.

It originated in the 16th century,  being derived from the Latin root rogare, “to propose a law,” and ab-,  “from” or “away.” Just to note that prerogative and interrogate are also based on the same root, rogare .

Say it out loud a few times. You will like the way it sounds and want to use it in a sentence!

2 thoughts on “A new word – abrogate

  1. I have a habit of looking words up in the dictionary – simply to learn what they mean, so I can use them in my writing. Thanks for this lesson on abrogate.

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  2. Abbrogate is also a new word for me. I find it interesting how our vocabulary continues to grow across our lifetimes. I can remember how much I hated having to memorize vocabulary words when I was in high school; now I just pick up new words naturally.

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