Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • n. The exceeding of due bounds or limits.
  • n. A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A violation of a law, command or duty
  • n. An act that goes beyond generally accepted boundaries
  • n. A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of transgressing, or of passing over or beyond any law, civil or moral; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command; fault; offense; crime; sin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In geology, the process which produces overlap. Thus a shore-line, with one series of strata recently formed beneath the neighboring waters, may subside and allow the sea, bringing new sediments, to encroach farther and farther upon the land, away from the old series, and deposit new and overlapping beds by transgression.
  • n. The act of transgressing; the violation of any law; disobedience; infringement; trespass; offense.
  • n. Synonyms Sin, Trespass, etc. (see crime), infraction, breach.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata
  • n. the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
  • n. the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

Etymologies

Latin transgressus, from trans- ("over-") + gressus ("step") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • _I answer that, _ The term transgression is derived from bodily movement and applied to moral actions.

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • 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"

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • If the transgression is a result of error rather than impulse or intent, the wrongness is not "in" us.

    The Stain of Sin

  • Their main transgression involves the use of so-called robo-signers, bank employees who signed foreclosure affidavits without properly checking the required loan documentation.

    The Stealth Stimulus of Defaulters Living for Free

  • Because transgression is vice, because we must control our passions, because vice is self-indulgence, because passion can only be controlled by reason, because reason is control, because control is virtue.

    Stoicism, Sophistry and Sodomy

  • Such a transgression is probably good for at least a week in the doghouse.

    A Negative Aspect « Hyperpat’s HyperDay

  • Every past or present Israeli transgression is evidence of its wickedness, whereas Arab ones, if they are acknowledged at all, are “understandable.”

    Think Progress » Gingrich: ‘This Is, In Fact, World War III’ And The U.S. ‘Ought To Be Helping’

  • Where a moral transgression is seen as an error, a stumble, there is little or no blaming-and-shaming; even if we don't suffer fools gladly, we suffer them a lot more gladly than we suffer the selfish or malicious, those whose crimes we see as rooted in impulse or intent.

    The Stain of Sin

  • The political significance of sexual transgression is suggested in the maneuvers of the Gadfly who, sent out to torment the returning Queen, accomplishes his overtly political mission in the particularly symbolic space of the Queen's boudoir.

    Shelley

  • The actual transgression is certainly in a great measure prevented by the crucifying and killing of the original corruption.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

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