Synonyms & Antonyms of trespass

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2 a failure to uphold the requirements of law, duty, or obligation
  • plagiarism is a serious trespass of academic integrity

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Synonyms & Antonyms of trespass (Entry 2 of 2)

to commit an offense
  • I consider him to be trespassing against all of us when he trespasses against any one of us

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How does the verb trespass differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of trespass are encroach, infringe, and invade. While all these words mean "to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another," trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion.

hunters trespassing on farmland

When is it sensible to use encroach instead of trespass?

The words encroach and trespass are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When can infringe be used instead of trespass?

In some situations, the words infringe and trespass are roughly equivalent. However, infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative.

infringing a copyright

When is invade a more appropriate choice than trespass?

The meanings of invade and trespass largely overlap; however, invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another.

accused of invading their privacy

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

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“Trespass.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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