noun tres·pass \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>.


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