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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Despite Facebook's transgressions on user privacy, the company's revenues keep rising. CBS News, "Facebook confirms it faces FTC antitrust probe hours after $5 billion fine," 24 July 2019 Throughout all of the transgressions, however, Tiger's status as one of the greatest golfers of all time remains. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "An In-Depth Look at Tiger Woods' Unbelievable Career and Impressive Net Worth," 17 May 2019 The marathon shortcuts were not Ruiz’s only — or most serious — transgressions: The Boston Globe reported that she was arrested in New York on charges of stealing $60,000 in cash and checks from her employer in 1982. Washington Post, "Rosie Ruiz, Boston Marathon course-cutter, dies at 66," 9 Aug. 2019 Trump violates the standards of the presidency — of human decency — so often, that many who might call him out barely register most of his deceptions and transgressions any more. Yvonne Abraham,, "‘It’s no surprise, because Donald Trump hates us’: At a Chelsea church, congregants say they’re scared," 7 Aug. 2019 The Guardian’s Kehinde Andrews was out of the gate early with this analysis of Johnson’s past transgressions (Piccaninnies? Really?) but more importantly, how Britain’s Conservative party has evolved. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Puerto Rico’s Victory: raceAhead," 25 July 2019 In both cases, though, the films suggest that forgetting one’s country and forgetting one’s family are mutually reinforcing transgressions. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Can a Film Be a Love Letter to a Country?," 17 July 2019 In recent weeks Iran has exceeded the amount and purity of the uranium it is permitted under the accord, transgressions confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. New York Times, "E.U. Ministers, Scrambling to Save Iran Nuclear Deal, Play Down Breaches," 15 July 2019 Few England supporters have forgotten Smith's transgression. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019

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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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