trans·​gres·​sion | \ tran(t)s-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce transgression (audio) , tranz- \

Definition of transgression

: an act, process, or instance of transgressing: such as
a : infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty
b : the spread of the sea over land areas and the consequent unconformable deposit of sediments on older rocks

Examples of transgression in a Sentence

acts that are transgressions against the laws of civilized societies everywhere a dying woman asking for divine forgiveness for a lifetime of transgressions
Recent Examples on the Web Liam’s sorry-not-sorry transgression crosses a line that Paulie Moretti and his crew feel obliged to avenge in the most violent manner. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Just to compound the transgression, Fjölnir carries off the dead man’s widow, Queen Gudrún (Nicole Kidman), and marries her. The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2022 Aside from the greater transgression of belittling people in the act of wishing her well, your neighbor is just wrong. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Yet Ortiz's transgression occurred before Major League Baseball had a leaguewide testing program with penalties. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2022 Unsatisfied with their answers, the Talibs dragged the boys into their bunk room to answer for the transgression. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 This is far from Russian sport’s first alleged doping transgression, despite the Kremlin’s howls of protest in Valieva’s case. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2022 The single became a hit, and when the government turned a blind eye toward this transgression, the city’s musical revolution exploded., 1 Oct. 2021 When Greene commits a transgression like this, McCarthy usually expresses his dismay and meets with her. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transgression

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Transgression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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trans·​gres·​sion | \ trans-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce transgression (audio) \

Kids Definition of transgression

: a violation of a command or law

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