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 (trĕs′pəs, -păs′)
intr.v. tres·passed, tres·pass·ing, tres·pass·es
1. Law To commit an unlawful injury to the person, property, or rights of another, with actual or implied force or violence, especially to enter onto another's land wrongfully.
2. To infringe on the privacy, time, or attention of another: "I must ... not trespass too far on the patience of a good-natured critic" (Henry Fielding).
3. To commit an offense or a sin; transgress or err.
n. (trĕs′păs′, -pəs)
1. Law
a. The act of trespassing.
b. A suit brought for trespassing.
2. An intrusion or infringement on another.
3. The transgression of a moral or social law, code, or duty. See Synonyms at breach.

[Middle English trespassen, from Old French trespasser : tres-, over (from Latin trāns-; see trans-) + passer, to pass; see pass.]

tres′pass·er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trespassing - gradually intrusive without right or permissiontrespassing - gradually intrusive without right or permission; "we moved back from the encroaching tide"; "invasive tourists"; "trespassing hunters"
intrusive - tending to intrude (especially upon privacy); "she felt her presence there was intrusive"
References in classic literature ?
At the same time I felt a little jealousy, a little grudge, that any one else should love them as well as I, and if the poem had not been so beautiful I should have hated the poet for trespassing on my ground.
A little way past the inn we came upon a notice-board whereon the lord of the manor warned all wayfarers against trespassing on the common by making encampments, lighting fires or cutting firewood thereon, and to this fortunate circumstance I owe the most interesting story my companion had to tell.
We had just commenced the third course - the bread and jam - when a gentleman in shirt-sleeves and a short pipe came along, and wanted to know if we knew that we were trespassing. We said we hadn't given the matter sufficient consideration as yet to enable us to arrive at a definite conclusion on that point, but that, if he assured us on his word as a gentleman that we WERE trespassing, we would, without further hesitation, believe it.
First of all I was trespassing, which is in itself thrilling; but how much more thrilling when you are trespassing on what might just as well have been your own ground, on what actually was for years your own ground, and when you are in deadly peril of seeing the rightful owners, whom you have never met, but with whom you have quarrelled, appear round the corner, and of hearing them remark with an inquiring and awful politeness "I do not think I have the pleasure--?" Then the place was unchanged.
It was trespassing too boldly on the proprieties to utter such nonsense to a gentlewoman, and Tom, who had got his practice in a very low school, was doomed to discover that he had overreached himself.
Excuse me, my dearest sister, for thus trespassing on your time, but I owe it to my own character; and after this explanation I trust I am in no danger of sinking in your opinion." I could have said, "Not much, indeed!" but I left her almost in silence.