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Definition of "transgression" []

  • A violation of a law, command, or duty: "The same transgressions should be visited with equal severity on both man and woman” ( Elizabeth Cady Stanton). See Synonyms at breach. (noun)
  • The exceeding of due bounds or limits. (noun)
  • A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. (noun)

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 "transgression" in a sentence
  • "_I answer that, _ The term transgression is derived from bodily movement and applied to moral actions."
  • "I don't think it's hard to see how a reader's reaction to the strange may add exactly this sort of boulomaic modality, particularly with Horror, where the strange becomes the uncanny, where the transgression is as much moral as nomological, where the events not only "could not have happened" but "should not have happened""
  • "If the transgression is a result of error rather than impulse or intent, the wrongness is not "in" us."