trespass

verb
tres·​pass | \ ˈtre-ˌspas 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\

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 The two men, later identified by deputies as Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, were subsequently arrested on trespassing charges. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Men Who Got Arrested Hoping to 'Storm Area 51' Say They Did Notice Those No Trespassing Signs," 12 Sep. 2019 Scarlett-Dixon is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, carrying a loaded firearm, resisting arrest, and trespassing, police said. BostonGlobe.com, "A Weymouth man was arrested on gun charges early Monday morning after a struggle with police in the laundry room of a Jamaica Plain public housing development, police said.," 10 Sep. 2019 Court records show that Hernandez-Garcia had been charged on Aug. 27 with trespassing at the same location. oregonlive, "Trespasser arrested after stabbing restaurant manager, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 Last month, another man was arrested for trespassing at Swift’s Rhode Island mansion. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "Man arrested after trespassing at Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island home said he was there to marry her," 30 Aug. 2019 Criminal trespassing, Wrenford Road: A South Euclid boy, 13, was arrested for trespassing at Bexley Park around 1 a.m. June 22. cleveland.com, "Wendy’s receives counterfeit bill from one of its own: South Euclid Police Blotter," 3 July 2019 Trespassing/resisting arrest, Pearl Road A woman was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest at 8:46 p.m. July 28 after reportedly refusing to pay her bill at Herman’s Pub and Grub, then refusing to leave the business. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Police arrest 12-year-old on joyride in stolen car: Brunswick Hills Police Blotter," 16 Aug. 2019 In the same incident, Kotryna Sedereviciute, 29, of the 200 block of East Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills, was charged with trespassing a vehicle. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich police: Two face charges after riding in stolen car and trying to flee from officers," 16 Sep. 2019 The trespassing enforcement order runs through Aug. 27, 2020. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport police to restrict overnight access to bus station where homeless congregate," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Neely, 43, was arrested Aug. 3 on a criminal trespass charge. Washington Post, "Activists seek police video of black man arrested, tethered," 18 Sep. 2019 His bond was set at $100.00 for the theft and $200.00 for the criminal trespass charge out of County Court 11. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man accused of trying to steal mother's purse and keys at a stop light, says constable," 16 Sep. 2019 Criminal trespass charges were filed against the Mayfield Heights woman. cleveland.com, "Driver crashes through construction zone on way to OVI charge: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 12 Sep. 2019 Deputies were alerted to the scene because Deaver-Davis reportedly violated a criminal trespass warning. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area man charged for vandalizing Jesus statue," 9 Aug. 2019 Curtis Pardee, 63, of New Haven, was charged on Monday with third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespass, water authority spokesman Dan Doyle said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Police say Door Tree vandal arrested," 6 Aug. 2019 The Odessa shooter was arrested in 2001 for criminal trespass and evading arrest, both misdemeanors. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Political Cartoons: Odessa gunman failed background check," 5 Sep. 2019 Needham said Ator also was charged with criminal trespass and evading arrest in August 2001. Evan Perez, CNN, "West Texas shooter failed background check after being adjudicated 'a mental defective,' sources say," 4 Sep. 2019 Years earlier, Ator had been charged with criminal trespass and evading arrest, according to a public records search. Ben Guarino, Washington Post, "Texas gunman who killed 7 was fired from job on day of rampage," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

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

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trespass

verb
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)

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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