transgress

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

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)

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.

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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

transgress Synonyms

Synonyms
err, fall, sin, stray, offend, trespass, wander
Antonyms
comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey, observe
Related Words
breach, break, infringe, violate; backslide, lapse; mess up
Near Antonyms
forgive, justify, pardon; regret, repent, rue

TRANSGRESS Defined for English Language Learners

transgress

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verb

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 :to go beyond limits set or prescribed by :violate
2 :to pass beyond or go over (a limit or boundary)
intransitive verb
1 :to violate a law
2 :to go beyond a boundary or limit


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