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Definition of "transgress" []

  • To go beyond or over (a limit or boundary); exceed or overstep: "to make sure that her characters didn't transgress the parameters of ordinariness” ( Ron Rosenbaum). (verb-transitive)
  • To act in violation of (the law, for example). (verb-transitive)
  • To commit an offense by violating a law or command; sin. (verb-intransitive)
  • To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "transgress" in a sentence
  • "No physical image of a man stepping over a boundary is presented to our minds by the word transgress, nor in using the word comprehension do we picture to ourselves any manual act of grasping."
  • "Rather, it had to do with taking responsibility for where he did transgress, which is having an inappropriate relationship with an informant."
  • "Ruth Anne: You are one of my faves, as you know, but honestly, when it comes to sex and women, it truly does seem that your compassion capacity for women who, I guess the word is "transgress" for want of a better, in a particular way is oddly low."