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 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 Walking on or near railroad tracks not only is dangerous but is trespassing. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Mossbrae Falls, among Northern California’s most beautiful, may soon be safely accessible," 14 May 2020 But, while Trump’s behavior is egregious, that of his chief imitator, the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former military officer who has been in office for fifteen months, trespasses most identifiable moral boundaries. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Trump’s Close Ally, Dangerously Downplays the Coronavirus Risk," 1 Apr. 2020 Once upon a time, the makers of Pokémon Go mainly had to worry about reminding ardent users not to trespass or crash the car while on the hunt. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions," 24 Mar. 2020 While some nearby members of the community may feel the need to go take photos, the Hamburg police are reminding the public that many of these homes are private properties and shouldn't be trespassed on. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Homes in Hamburg, New York, Are Covered in Ice, and Residents Can Barely Leave Their Homes," 2 Mar. 2020 Ironically, a court later found that the pipeline company itself had been trespassing at the time of White Hat’s arrest. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas," 7 Feb. 2020 Kutter, 79, who claimed Grubbs was trespassing with the intent to steal ginseng, was charged with killing him with an AK-47 rifle and sentenced to three years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Demand for ginseng is creating a ‘wild west’ in Appalachia," 9 Jan. 2020 The owners had license plate information for the two women, who had been trespassing on the farm, police said. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Virginia man charged with harassing Baltimore County farmer in stolen calf case," 23 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to a federal charge of Entering Military, Naval or Coast Guard Property for the Purpose of Taking Photographs of Defense Installations, Liao is also facing state-level charges of criminal trespass. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Chinese national arrested trying to photograph restricted US military site," 27 Dec. 2019 The three students later pleaded guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespass according to news reports. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "An urgent look at 400 years of history: ‘Black Atlantic’ exhibit in Oberlin explores impact of slavery," 25 Aug. 2019 In terms of distinguishing the two, conversion contemplates more consequential inference or damage than does trespass to chattels. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Should the NCAA Be Worried About the Lawsuit It's Facing From Former Louisville Players?," 12 July 2018 Ryder will be taken to Pinal County Jail and faces possible charges of unlawful flight, aggravated assault on law enforcement, endangerment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, criminal trespass and obstructing a highway. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Man who claimed to have a body in his truck arrested after police pursuit on I-10 near Eloy; no body found," 24 Mar. 2020 The charges eventually levied in a plea agreement — felony conspiracy to commit burglary and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a motor vehicle — were appropriate for the teenagers’ crimes. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: A year in prison isn’t the second chance Diamond Davis was looking for, but she still has a chance to turn her life around.," 7 Nov. 2019 Roy was later booked Friday into the Lane County Jail on allegations of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and trespass and then released on bail. oregonlive, "Video shows Eugene police striking man on the ground during arrest; city investigation now under way," 24 Mar. 2020 The attraction is still visited daily by hiking enthusiasts, and area residents have complained that some hikers trespass and vandalize their properties. USA TODAY, "Show choir, Haiku Stairs, Teton bighorns: News from around our 50 states," 13 Feb. 2020 The suspect was arrested and charged with aggravated menacing, criminal trespass and burglary. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Armed man breaks into woman’s house: North Ridgeville Police Blotter," 2 Feb. 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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Time Traveler for trespass

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

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Last Updated

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trespass.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trespass. Accessed 27 May. 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
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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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