trespass

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From Old French trespas (passage; offense against the law), from trespasser.

trespass (plural trespasses)

  1. sin [1290]
    Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against usThe Lord's Prayer. Matthew ch6. v.14, 15
  2. (law) Any of various torts involving interference to another's enjoyment of his property, especially the act of being present on another's land without lawful excuse.

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trespass (third-person singular simple present trespasses, present participle trespassing, simple past and past participle trespassed)

  1. (intransitive, now rare) To commit an offence; to sin.
    • Bible, 2 Chron. xxviii. 22
      In the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To offend against, to wrong (someone).
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew VI:
      And forgeve us oure trespases, even as we forgeve them which trespas us.
  3. (intransitive) To go too far; to put someone to inconvenience by demand or importunity; to intrude.
    to trespass upon the time or patience of another
  4. (law) To enter someone else's property illegally.
  5. (obsolete) To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go.
    • Ld. Berners
      Soon after this, noble Robert de Bruce [] trespassed out of this uncertain world.

Etymology[edit]

From Old French trespasser (to go across or over, transgress), from tres- (across, over) + passer (to pass).

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