from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To act in violation of (the law, for example).
- intransitive v. To commit an offense by violating a law or command; sin.
- intransitive v. To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary.
- v. To act in violation of some law.
- v. To commit an offense; to sin.
- v. To spread over land along a shoreline; to inundate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pass over or beyond; to surpass.
- transitive v. Hence, to overpass, as any prescribed as the �imit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral.
- transitive v. To offend against; to vex.
- intransitive v. To offend against the law; to sin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pass over or beyond; go beyond.
- Hence To overpass, as some law or rule prescribed; break or violate; infringe.
- To offend against (a person); disobey; thwart; cross; vex.
- Synonyms Infringe upon, Encroach upon, etc. (see trespass, v. i.), pass, transcend, overstep, contravene.
- To offend by violating a law; sin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
- v. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
- v. commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
- v. spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
Middle English transgressen, from Old French transgresser, from Latin trānsgredī, trānsgress-, to step across : trāns-, trans- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)