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v. trans·gressed, trans·gress·ing, trans·gress·es
1. To go beyond or over (a limit or boundary); exceed or overstep: "to make sure that her characters didn't transgress the parameters of ordinariness" (Ron Rosenbaum).
2. To act in violation of (the law, for example).
1. To commit an offense by violating a law, principle, or duty.
2. To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea.
[Middle English transgressen, from Old French transgresser, from Latin trānsgredī, trānsgress-, to step across : trāns-, trans- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (Law) to break (a law, rule, etc)
2. to go beyond or overstep (a limit)
[C16: from Latin transgredī, from trans- + gradī to step]
1. to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.v.t.
2. to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress the bounds of prudence.
3. to go beyond the limits imposed by (a law, command, etc.); violate; infringe.
[1520–30; < Latin trānsgressus, past participle of trānsgredī to step across =trāns- trans- + -gredī, comb. form of gradī to step]
Past participle: transgressed
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|Verb||1.||transgress - act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"|
disrespect - show a lack of respect for
blunder, drop the ball, goof, sin - commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake; "I blundered during the job interview"
contravene, infringe, run afoul, conflict - go against, as of rules and laws; "He ran afoul of the law"; "This behavior conflicts with our rules"
trespass - break the law
|2.||transgress - spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline; "The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island"|
|3.||transgress - commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law|
fall - yield to temptation or sin; "Adam and Eve fell"
|4.||transgress - pass beyond (limits or boundaries)|
1. misbehave, sin, offend, break the law, err, lapse, fall from grace, go astray, be out of order, do or go wrong If a politician transgresses, it is his own fault.