noun \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

law : the crime of going on someone's land without permission

: a sin or other wrong or improper act

Full Definition of TRESPASS

a :  a violation of moral or social ethics :  transgression; especially :  sin
b :  an unwarranted infringement
a :  an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another; especially :  a wrongful entry on real property
b :  the legal action for injuries resulting from trespass

Examples of TRESPASS

  1. He was arrested for trespass.
  2. <forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us>

Origin of TRESPASS

Middle English trespas, from Anglo-French, passage, overstepping, misdeed, from trespasser
First Known Use: 13th century


verb \-ˌpas also -pəs\

: to go on someone's land without permission

: to do something that hurts or offends someone

: to treat someone unfairly especially by asking for or expecting more than is fair or reasonable

Full Definition of TRESPASS

intransitive verb
a :  err, sin
b :  to make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion
:  to commit a trespass; especially :  to enter unlawfully upon the land of another
transitive verb
:  violate <trespass the bounds of good taste>
tres·pass·er noun

Examples of TRESPASS

  1. He told me I was trespassing.
  2. The sign said No Trespassing.

Origin of TRESPASS

Middle English, from Anglo-French trespasser to overtake, exceed, wrong, from tres to a high degree (from Latin trans beyond) + passer to pass — more at through, pass
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of TRESPASS

trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion <hunters trespassing on farmland>. encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions <the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples>. infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative <infringing a copyright>. invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another <accused of invading their privacy>.


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, unlawful entry onto land. Trespass was formerly defined as wrongful conduct causing injury or loss; today it is generally confined to issues involving real property (see real and personal property). Once a trespass is proved, the trespasser is usually held liable for any damages resulting, regardless of whether the trespasser was negligent or the damage was foreseeable. Criminal trespass, trespass to property that is forbidden by statute, is punishable as a crime.


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