(Roe"stone`) n. (Min.) Same as Oölite.
(Ro*ga"tion) n. [L. rogatio, fr. rogare, rogatum, to ask, beg, supplicate: cf. F. rogation. Cf.
Abrogate, Arrogant, Probogue.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) The demand, by the consuls or tribunes, of a law to be passed by the people; a proposed
law or decree.
2. (Eccl.) Litany; supplication.
He perfecteth the rogations or litanies before in use.Hooker. Rogation days (Eccl.), the three days which immediately precede Ascension Day; so called as
being days on which the people, walking in procession, sang litanies of special supplication. Rogation
flower (Bot.), a European species of milkwort (Polygala vulgaris); so called from its former use for
garlands in Rogation week. Dr. Prior. Rogation week, the second week before Whitsunday, in
which the Rogation days occur.
(Rog"a*to*ry) a. [See Rogation.] Seeking information; authorized to examine witnesses or
ascertain facts; as, a rogatory commission. Woolsey.
(Rogue) n. [F. rogue proud, haughty, supercilious; cf. Icel. hrkr a rook, croaker (cf. Rook a
bird), or Armor. rok, rog, proud, arogant.]
1. (Eng.Law) A vagrant; an idle, sturdy beggar; a vagabond; a tramp.
The phrase rogues and vagabonds is applied to a large class of wandering, disorderly, or dissolute
persons. They were formerly punished by being whipped and having the gristle of the right ear bored
with a hot iron.
2. A deliberately dishonest person; a knave; a cheat.
The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wise.Pope.
3. One who is pleasantly mischievous or frolicsome; hence, often used as a term of endearment.
Ah, you sweet little rogue, you!Shak.
4. An elephant that has separated from a herd and roams about alone, in which state it is very savage.
5. (Hort.) A worthless plant occuring among seedlings of some choice variety.
Rogues' gallery, a collection of portraits of rogues or criminals, for the use of the police authorities.
Rogue's march, derisive music performed in driving away a person under popular indignation or official
sentence, as when a soldier is drummed out of a regiment. Rogue's yarn, yarn of a different twist
and color from the rest, inserted into the cordage of the British navy, to identify it if stolen, or for the
purpose of tracing the maker in case of defect. Different makers are required to use yarns of different
(Rogue), v. i. To wander; to play the vagabond; to play knavish tricks. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Rogue), v. t.
1. To give the name or designation of rogue to; to decry. [Obs.] Cudworth.
2. (Hort.) To destroy (plants that do not come up to a required standard).