Wednesday Word for February 19, 2020

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech



  1. To abolish by authoritative action.
  2. To abolish by formal or official means; annul by an authoritative act; repeal.
  3. To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.


First used in the meaning defined above, abrogate is borrowed from the Latin abrogātus, past participle of abrogāre, “to repeal (a law), repudiate, cancel,” from ab– AB- + rogāre “to ask, ask an assembly for approval of.”

“If you can’t simply wish something out of existence, the next best thing might be to “propose it away.” That’s more or less what “abrogate” lets you do – etymologically speaking, at least. “Abrogate” comes from the Latin root rogare, which means “to propose a law,” and ab-, meaning “from” or “away.” We won’t propose that you try to get away from the fact that “rogare” is also an ancestor in the family tree of “prerogative” and “interrogate.” “Abrogate” first appeared in English as a verb in the 16th century; it was preceded by an adjective sense meaning “annulled” or “cancelled” which is now obsolete.”



nullify, negate, annul, invalidate

Usage and Examples

Here are a couple of examples:

  • By fiat, the king abrogated the treaty.
  • Congress tried to abrogate the law through treachery.

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