transgress [trans-gres, tranz-] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (used without object)
- to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.
verb (used with object)
- to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress bounds of prudence.
- 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 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?
May 10, 2013
How dare she transgress against the sacred appeal of extreme physical and mental pain?
January 11, 2010
Historical Examples of transgress
God threatens to punish all those who transgress these commandments.
He said to them, “why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?”
For it is not in any man’s power to constrain thee to transgress against him.
The boundaries of the State were defined, and it engaged not to transgress them.
But I was in a mood to transgress all rules and even to forget the rights of lovers.
Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for transgress transgress verb
- to break (a law, rule, etc)
- 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.