transgress


trans·gress

verb \tran(t)s-ˈgres, tranz-\

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

Full Definition of TRANSGRESS

intransitive verb
1
:  to violate a command or law :  sin
2
:  to go beyond a boundary or limit
transitive verb
1
:  to go beyond limits set or prescribed by :  violate <transgress divine law>
2
:  to pass beyond or go over (a limit or boundary)
trans·gres·sive \-ˈgre-siv\ adjective
trans·gres·sor \-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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