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

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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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There is no set of checks and balances to ensure a fair interview, no guarantee that any of the minority candidates will be offered a job, and there’s only a relatively small punishment for transgressions. Harry Lyles Jr., The Verge, "The NFL’s Rooney Rule won’t solve tech’s diversity problem," 5 June 2018 The android struggle is tied to the American civil rights movement to the extent that the machines literally ride in the back of buses, aren’t allowed in businesses like bars and motels, and get beaten in public for minor transgressions. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 In some sports, certain activities open the door for an uncomfortable intimacy among adults and teens — long car rides, private dinners, late-night tutorials, events that set the stage for incremental transgressions but that could also be innocuous. Ivy Pochoda,, "Exploring the complex relationships with teen athletes and coaches with Piper Weiss and Ivy Pochoda," 18 May 2018 On Wednesday, the embattled administrator appeared on Capitol Hill to defend himself against criticisms of his alleged ethical transgressions. Sophie Tatum, CNN, "Arnold Schwarzenegger tweets to Pruitt about water contamination," 17 May 2018 This kind of infraction is far more innocent than the transgressions of Willie Taggart's staff prior to the former Ducks boss coaching his first game at Oregon last season. John Canzano,, "Canzano: Oregon State to report secondary NCAA violation, but what comes next counts more," 10 May 2018 Under the influence of testosterone and the spell of transgression, ROGD daughters grow churlish and aggressive. Abigail Shrier, WSJ, "When Your Daughter Defies Biology," 6 Jan. 2019 The 54-year-old’s alleged transgressions were caught on surveillance footage and he was arrested on the spot, TMZ reported. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former NBA star Charles Oakley allegedly cheated at Texas hold'em game leading to his arrest: report," 3 Aug. 2018 Out-of-state living arrangements, questionable uses of tax dollars, drunken-driving convictions, voting histories and ethical transgressions -- all dredged up in news stories -- have provided grist for the attacks. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Republicans vie to challenge vulnerable Manchin, Donnelly in looming primary battles," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce transgression (audio) \

Kids Definition of transgression

: a violation of a command or law

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