American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined or apt to transgress; faulty; sinful; culpable.
- adj. Involving transgression; that passes beyond some limit; sinful.
- adj. Going beyond generally accepted boundaries; violating usual practice, subversive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Disposed or tending to transgress; faulty; culpable.
- From transgress. (Wiktionary)
“It adds to the discomfiture that this soft-spoken ex-journalist -- who cheerfully labels his work "transgressive" -- looks uncannily like Anthony Perkins circa Psycho.”
“Shakespeare, who understood this best, subtitled his transgressive play What You Will.”
“Shakespeare, who understood this best, subtitled his transgressive play What You Will'.”
“Aliens – one which has been described as transgressive, and the other which is a delightful family romp.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Does it merely have to be "transgressive" of genre boundaries?”
“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.”
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