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From Middle French transgresser, from Latin transgressum, past participle of transgredi.



transgress (third-person singular simple present transgresses, present participle transgressing, simple past and past participle transgressed)

  1. (transitive) To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary.
    • Dryden
      surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law
  2. (transitive) To act in violation of some law.
    • Milton
      For man will hearken to his glozing lies, / And easily transgress the sole command.
  3. (intransitive, construed with against) To commit an offense; to sin.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      Why give you peace to this imperate beast / That hath so long transgressed you?
  4. (intransitive, of the sea) To spread over land along a shoreline; to inundate.

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