Definitions

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

  • adj. Exceeding a limit or boundary, especially of social acceptability.
  • adj. Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violates socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy.
  • adj. Of or relating to geological transgression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Involving transgression; that passes beyond some limit; sinful.
  • adj. Going beyond generally accepted boundaries; violating usual practice, subversive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed or tending to transgress; faulty; culpable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Inclined or apt to transgress; faulty; sinful; culpable.

Etymologies

From transgress. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It adds to the discomfiture that this soft-spoken ex-journalist -- who cheerfully labels his work "transgressive" -- looks uncannily like Anthony Perkins circa Psycho.

    JAM! Showbiz

  • Shakespeare, who understood this best, subtitled his transgressive play What You Will.

    In praise of … Twelfth Night | Editorial

  • Shakespeare, who understood this best, subtitled his transgressive play What You Will'.

    In praise of … Twelfth Night | Editorial

  • Aliens – one which has been described as transgressive, and the other which is a delightful family romp.

    Buzzine » Reese Witherspoon & Seth Rogen

  • They tap into our adolescent power fantasies; their hollow-point bloodshed seems transgressive, which is why video games are to this century what rock 'n' roll was to the last.

    The Glory of the Shooter

  • Both she and The Duchess of Nothing itself are much more convincingly "transgressive" of established norms -- of female behavior and of conventional "psychological realism" -- than other novels sometimes accorded that label.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • Notwithstanding that most of them were "transgressive," when at all, in rather tepid and formally uninteresting ways, I simply was unable to understand what they shared in common that made them "interfictions."

    Experimental Fiction

  • The former might be called "transgressive" experiments that overrun the extant boundaries observed by most readers, critics, and other writers, while the latter might be regarded as "local" experiments that challenge "normal" practice but do so from within the boundary that otherwise marks off the still-familiar from the disconcertingly new.

    Experimental Fiction

  • Does it merely have to be "transgressive" of genre boundaries?

    Experimental Fiction

  • Needless to say these choices have implications in terms of meaning and provide some of what the group consider the "transgressive" nature of their work.

    The Bigger (the Art), the Better

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