trespass

verb
tres·​pass | \ ˈtre-ˌspas How to pronounce trespass (audio) also -spəs How to pronounce trespass (audio) \
trespassed; trespassing; trespasses

Definition of trespass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to commit a trespass especially : to enter unlawfully upon the land of another
2a : err, sin
b : to make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion

transitive verb

: violate trespass the bounds of good taste

trespass

noun
tres·​pass | \ ˈtre-spəs How to pronounce trespass (audio) , -ˌspas How to pronounce trespass (audio) \

Definition of trespass (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another especially : a wrongful entry on real property
b : the legal action for injuries resulting from trespass
2a : a violation of moral or social ethics : transgression especially : sin
b : an unwarranted infringement

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Other Words from trespass

Verb

trespasser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for trespass

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Verb

trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion. hunters trespassing on farmland encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions. the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative. infringing a copyright invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another. accused of invading their privacy

Examples of trespass in a Sentence

Verb He told me I was trespassing. The sign said “No Trespassing.” Noun He was arrested for trespass. forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only on Halloween do parents encourage their kids to trespass on someone’s property, make a nonnegotiable demand, and take candy from strangers. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Celebrating a century of Halloween in America," 31 Oct. 2020 The issue in the petition to the court was whether Indiana’s Right to Farm statute provides complete immunity for nuisance and trespass liability to confined feeding operations, and in doing so, violates the Takings Clause of the Constitution. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "U.S. Supreme Court rejects petition challenging Indiana's Right to Farm law," 7 Oct. 2020 Authorities had previously warned people not to trespass on the property. Martha Bellisle And Gillian Flaccus, Star Tribune, "Oregon trooper injured, 24 arrested in Portland protests," 8 Aug. 2020 Authorities had previously warned people not to trespass on the property. Martha Bellisle And Gillian Flaccus, chicagotribune.com, "Rocks, eggs, fireworks: Portland protests persist and continue to bring flashes of violence," 8 Aug. 2020 Responding to a report of trespassing, police found a man exposing himself inside a women’s restroom. Washington Post, "Alexandria and Arlington crime watch," 15 Jan. 2020 The suspect, who was riding a bicycle, is suspected of also trespassing at other garages in the area of Greenlawn Avenue and East Groveland Road. cleveland.com, "Suspicious vehicle yields weapon arrest: Beachwood Police Blotter," 17 July 2019 In 2016, a jury acquitted Shavaughn McKenzie of stalking her and convicted him of trespassing at her house in the Hollywood Hills. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Kendall Jenner's alleged stalker has been deported by ICE," 11 June 2019 Attorneys for Arbery's family maintain there is no evidence showing he was engaged in criminal activity on that day, other than possible trespassing on the unoccupied property. NBC News, "'Why is this black guy running?': After Ahmaud Arbery's killing, African Americans reconsider fitness routines," 15 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gerardo Gaytan, 19, of the 2000 block of North Leclaire Avenue, Chicago, was charged Nov. 9 with criminal trespass to vehicle and no driver’s license. chicagotribune.com, "Norridge, Harwood Heights police: Man loses $1,000 when cash stolen from backpack in gym locker," 17 Nov. 2020 Additional charges of criminal trespass, electronic communication harassment, and telephone harassment were dismissed. Max Kutner, Wired, "@Team_Trump45 and the Hazards of Online Sleuthing," 29 Oct. 2020 Donald Neely, 44, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass near a US Post Office in August of last year. Harmeet Kaur And Melissa Alonso, CNN, "A Black man who was led through Galveston, Texas, by police officers on horseback is suing the city for $1 million," 12 Oct. 2020 An arriving officer located the confused drunk guy, who was cited for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. John Benson, cleveland, "’Hammered’ resident tries to enter wrong house: Parma Heights Police Blotter," 21 Oct. 2020 Police arrested the man on an active trespass warrant from their department. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Intoxicated man searching for chicken nuggets triggers burglar alarm: Westlake Police Blotter," 17 Oct. 2020 Matias Hernandez-Barra, 47, of the 6N700 block of Colonel Bennett Lane, St. Charles, was charged with battery and served with a no trespass notice at 4:19 p.m. Oct. 12 for an Oct. 1 incident that occurred on the 100 block of Fellows Court. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst police blotter: Wheaton man charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, of a police officer," 16 Oct. 2020 In August, Idaho State Police gave Bundy a similar no-trespass order that banned him from the State Capitol. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Rent relief protest, concert fines, Women’s March: News from around our 50 states," 16 Oct. 2020 One person was arrested for battery on a peace officer and resisting an officer and a second person was arrested for resisting an officer and criminal trespass. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Activists have long said a Santa Fe monument celebrated the killings of Native Americans. Crowds toppled it this week," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of trespass

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for trespass

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French trespasser to overtake, exceed, wrong, from tres to a high degree (from Latin trans beyond) + passer to pass — more at through, pass

Noun

Middle English trespas, from Anglo-French, passage, overstepping, misdeed, from trespasser

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The first known use of trespass was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trespass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trespass. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for trespass

trespass

verb
How to pronounce trespass (audio) How to pronounce trespass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trespass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to go on someone's land without permission
old-fashioned : to do something that hurts or offends someone
formal : to treat someone unfairly especially by asking for or expecting more than is fair or reasonable

trespass

noun
How to pronounce trespass (audio) How to pronounce trespass (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of trespass (Entry 2 of 2)

law : the crime of going on someone's land without permission
old-fashioned : a sin or other wrong or improper act

trespass

noun
tres·​pass | \ ˈtres-pəs How to pronounce trespass (audio) , -ˌpas \

Kids Definition of trespass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : unlawful entry upon someone's land

trespass

verb
trespassed; trespassing

Kids Definition of trespass (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to enter upon someone's land unlawfully
2 : to do wrong : sin

Other Words from trespass

trespasser noun

trespass

noun
tres·​pass | \ ˈtres-pəs, -ˌpas How to pronounce trespass (audio) \

Legal Definition of trespass

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: wrongful conduct causing harm to another: as
a : a willful act or active negligence as distinguished from a mere omission of a duty that causes an injury to or invasion of the person, rights, or especially property of another also : the common-law form of action for redress of injuries directly caused by such a wrongful act — compare trespass on the case in this entry
b : trespass quare clausum fregit in this entry
computer trespass
: the act of using or gaining access to a computer or computer network without authorization especially for the purpose of committing a crime or harming or removing programs, data, or hardware
continuing trespass
: a trespass that continues until the act (as of depriving another of his or her property without the intent to steal it) or instrumentality (as an object placed wrongfully on another's land) causing it is ended or removed
criminal trespass
: trespass to property that is forbidden by statute and punishable as a crime as distinguished from trespass that creates a cause of action for damages
trespass ab initio
: a trespass that arises upon a lawful act which because of subsequent unlawful or wrongful conduct is deemed under a legal fiction to have been trespassory from the beginning
trespass de bonis asportatis \ -​dē-​ˈbō-​nis-​ˌas-​pȯr-​ˈtā-​tis, -​dā-​ˈbō-​nēs-​ˌäs-​pȯr-​ˈtä-​tēs \ probably from Medieval Latin (trangressio) de bonis asportatis (trespass) concerning property carried off
: a common-law form of action to recover for trespass involving the carrying off of one's goods by another
trespass on the case
: a common-law form of action to recover for another's wrongful act that indirectly causes one's injury

called also action on the case, case

trespass quare clausum fregit \ -​ˈkwer-​ē-​ˈklȯ-​zəm-​ˈfrē-​jət, -​ˈkwä-​rā-​ˈklau̇-​su̇m-​ˈfrā-​gēt \ probably from Medieval Latin (transgressio) quare clausum fregit (trespass) whereby he or she broke into a close (tenement protected by law of trespass)
: a trespass that involves wrongful and tortious entry on another's real property
trespass to try title
: an action brought as a means of obtaining redress for a trespass to real property and determining the title to the property
trespass vi et armis \ -​ˈvī-​ˌet-​ˈär-​mis, -​ˈvē-​, -​ˌmēs \ Latin vi et armis with force and arms
: a trespass involving intentional infliction of injury on a person

Legal Definition of trespass (Entry 2 of 2)

: to commit a trespass especially : to enter wrongfully or without proper authority or consent upon the real property of another

transitive verb

: to commit a trespass against

History and Etymology for trespass

Noun

Anglo-French trespas violation of the law, actionable wrong, from Old French, crossing, passage, from trespasser to go across, from tres across + passer to pass

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