transgress
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /tɹænzˈɡɹɛs/
Verb

transgress (transgresses, present participle transgressing; past and past participle transgressed)

  1. (transitive) To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary.
    • surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law
  2. (transitive) To act in violation of some law.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      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.
    • c. 1608–1611, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Maid’s Tragedy”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, OCLC 3083972 ↗, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      Why give you peace to this untemperate 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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