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transgress

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verb trans·gress \tran(t)s-ˈgres, tranz-\

Simple Definition of transgress

  • : to do something that is not allowed : to disobey a command or law

Full Definition of transgress

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to violate a command or law :  sin

  3. 2 :  to go beyond a boundary or limit

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to go beyond limits set or prescribed by :  violate <transgress divine law>

  6. 2 :  to pass beyond or go over (a limit or boundary)

trans·gres·sive play \-ˈgre-siv\ adjective
trans·gres·sor play \-ˈgre-sər\ noun

Examples of transgress

  1. He who transgresses must seek forgiveness.

  2. There are legal consequences for companies that transgress the rules.



Origin of transgress

Middle English, from Middle French transgresser, from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi to step beyond or across, from trans- + gradi to step — more at grade


First Known Use: 15th century



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