transgression [trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for transgression on noun

  1. an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.

Origin of transgression 1400–50; late Middle English Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion Related formsnon·trans·gres·sion, nounSynonym study See breach. Related Words for transgression infringement, infraction, lapse, misdemeanor, crime, misdeed, wrongdoing, error, breach, fault, sin, disobedience, vice, iniquity, encroachment, contravention, trespass, wrong, slip, defiance Examples from the Web for transgression Contemporary Examples of transgression

  • Every page would carry its own proof of transgression, and thus its own guarantee of detection.

    Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons

    William Giraldi

    October 21, 2014

  • It takes a transgression with real bite to inspire a furor of this intensity—Brangelina burn Jennifer!

    He’s Still Older, Even in the Moonlight: Woody Allen’s May-December Romances Inspire Scrutiny

    Teo Bugbee

    July 25, 2014

  • Risk, transgression, mockery, rebellion—these are the revving motors of fun.

    A History of American Fun

    Stefan Beck

    February 9, 2014

  • The sister in question had never apologized to her sibling for this transgression.

    Should You Divorce Your Family After the Holidays?

    Keli Goff

    January 2, 2014

  • It gives a pleasant sense of transgression, of really being in the nitty-gritty.

    ‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures

    Tim Parks

    June 23, 2013

  • Historical Examples of transgression

  • Unbelief was also a probable concomitant in this transgression.

    Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I

    Francis Augustus Cox

  • Your transgression will be forgiven you since you have confessed and testify your horror for it.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • I will show them wherein they have erred, and that transgression stands in the way to life.


    James Anthony Froude

  • His transgression had destroyed his faith, and then dogma had tottered.

    Abbe Mouret’s Transgression

    Emile Zola

  • Marianne, recognizing how serious was the transgression, wished to scold him.


    Emile Zola

  • British Dictionary definitions for transgression transgression noun

    1. a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
    2. the act or an instance of transgressing

    Word Origin and History for transgression n.

    late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) “a transgression of the law,” in classical Latin, “a going over,” from transgressus, past participle of transgredi “go beyond,” from trans- “across” (see trans-) + gradi (past participle gressus) “to walk, go” (see grade).

    transgression in Science transgression [trăns-grĕsh′ən]

    1. A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time. Compare regression.

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