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noun tres·pass \ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas\

Simple Definition of trespass

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

  • : a sin or other wrong or improper act

Full Definition of trespass

  1. 1a :  a violation of moral or social ethics :  transgression; especially :  sinb :  an unwarranted infringement

  2. 2a :  an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another; especially :  a wrongful entry on real propertyb :  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 tres·pass \-ˌpas also -pəs\

Simple Definition of trespass

  • : 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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  err, sinb :  to make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion

  3. 2 :  to commit a trespass; especially :  to enter unlawfully upon the land of another

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  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>.

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February 8, 2016

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