trans·gres·sion | \tran(t)s-ˈgre-shən, 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

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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

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If Clinton didn’t pay for his transgressions — and continues to resist owning up to them — others around him sure did. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 When John Lasseter, Pixar’s former chief creative officer, left the esteemed animation studio in early June 2018, the public word on his transgressions were vague. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Former Pixar employee details how the company’s rampant sexism went far beyond John Lasseter," 28 June 2018 Most of the players tainted by accusations of steroid use have never apologized for, much less admitted to, any transgressions., "Exiled by the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Is Enjoying the Life He Wants You to See," 27 June 2018 When examiners succeed at preventing transgressions, hardly anyone notices. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Regulators Split Over How to Keep Banks Out of Trouble," 25 Mar. 2018 Citizens were thrown in jail for shaving their beards and for more obscure transgressions, like eyebrow plucking. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 The transgressions that precipitated Scott's directives were hardly out of character. Jay Willis, GQ, "Fox News CEO Asks That On-Air Talent Be Slightly Less Racist Monsters," 28 June 2018 The same transgression committed again deserves to be treated much more harshly. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "The gift of opportunity is not limitless," 4 June 2018 The failure of the administration, or anybody else, to drag all the transgressions of the past out into the light meant that no new narrative was established, no foundation laid on which to build anything. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of transgression

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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trans·gres·sion | \trans-ˈgre-shən \

Kids Definition of transgression

: a violation of a command or law

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