- 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: Fr transgresser from Classical Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi, to step over, pass over from trans-, trans- plush gradi, to step, walk: see grade
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verb trans·gressed, trans·gress·ing, trans·gress·es verb, transitive
- 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 or command; sin.
- To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea.
Origin: 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.
- trans·gressˈi·ble adjective
- trans·gresˈsive adjective
- trans·gresˈsive·ly adverb
- trans·gresˈsor noun