transgress [trans-gres, tranz-] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for transgress on verb (used without object)

  1. to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.

verb (used with object)

  1. to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress bounds of prudence.
  2. to go beyond the limits imposed by (a law, command, etc.); violate; infringe: to transgress the will of God.

Origin of transgress 1520–30; Latin trānsgressus (past participle of trānsgredī to step across), equivalent to trāns- trans- + -gred- (combining form of gradī to step; see grade) + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss Related formstrans·gres·sive, adjectivetrans·gres·sive·ly, adverbtrans·gres·sor, nounnon·trans·gres·sive, adjectivenon·trans·gres·sive·ly, adverbun·trans·gressed, adjectiveSynonyms for transgress See more synonyms for on 1. err, trespass. 3. contravene, disobey.Antonyms for transgress 3. obey. Related Words for transgress infringe, trespass, violate, contravene, disobey, err, exceed, offend, overstep Examples from the Web for transgress Contemporary Examples of transgress

  • But does he transgress defining ideological litmus tests and potentially put himself beyond the pale of party acceptability?

    A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges

    Robert Shrum

    May 10, 2013

  • How dare she transgress against the sacred appeal of extreme physical and mental pain?

    Leave Elizabeth Alone

    Lee Siegel

    January 11, 2010

  • Historical Examples of transgress

  • God threatens to punish all those who transgress these commandments.

    An Explanation of Luther’s Small Catechism

    Joseph Stump

  • He said to them, “why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”

    Mysticism and its Results

    John Delafield

  • For it is not in any man’s power to constrain thee to transgress against him.


    Marcus Aurelius

  • The boundaries of the State were defined, and it engaged not to transgress them.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)

    Louis Creswicke

  • But I was in a mood to transgress all rules and even to forget the rights of lovers.

    That Affair Next Door

    Anna Katharine Green

  • British Dictionary definitions for transgress transgress verb

    1. to break (a law, rule, etc)
    2. to go beyond or overstep (a limit)

    Derived Formstransgressor, nounWord Origin for transgress C16: from Latin transgredī, from trans- + gradī to step Word Origin and History for transgress v.

    late 15c., from Middle French transgresser (14c.), from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi “to step across” (see transgression). Related: Transgressed; transgressing.

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