transgress

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

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)

transgressive

play \-ˈgre-siv\ adjective

transgressor

play \-ˈgre-sər\ noun

Examples of transgress in a Sentence

  1. He who transgresses must seek forgiveness.

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

Origin and Etymology 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


TRANSGRESS Defined for English Language Learners

transgress

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

Definition of transgress for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

transgress

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transitive verb trans·gress \tranz-ˈgres, trans-\

Legal Definition of transgress

  1. 1 :  to go beyond limits set or prescribed by :  violate

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

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to violate a law

  5. 2 :  to go beyond a boundary or limit



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