- To transgress is to go past a limit or to break the rules of accepted behavior.
When you commit a sin, this is an example of a time when you transgress.
- to overstep or break (a law, commandment, etc.)
- to go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.)
Origin of transgressFrench transgresser ; from Classical Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi, to step over, pass over ; from trans-, trans- + gradi, to step, walk: see grade
verbtrans·gressed, trans·gress·ing, trans·gress·es
- 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).
- To act in violation of (the law, for example).
- To commit an offense by violating a law, principle, or duty.
- To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea.
Origin of transgressMiddle English transgressen, from Old French transgresser, from Latin trānsgredī, trānsgress-, to step across : trāns-, trans- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transgresses, present participle transgressing, simple past and past participle transgressed)
- From Latin transgressum, past participle of transgredi.