trespass
I. noun Etymology: Middle English trespas, from Anglo-French, passage, overstepping, misdeed, from trespasser Date: 13th century 1. a. a violation of moral or social ethics ; transgression; especially sin b. an unwarranted infringement 2. a. an unlawful act committed on the person, property, or rights of another; especially a wrongful entry on real property b. the legal action for injuries resulting from trespass II. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French trespasser to overtake, exceed, wrong, from tres to a high degree (from Latin trans beyond) + passer to pass — more at through, pass Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. err, sin b. to make an unwarranted or uninvited incursion 2. to commit a trespass; especially to enter unlawfully upon the land of another transitive verb violate <
trespass the bounds of good taste
>
trespasser noun Synonyms: trespass, encroach, infringe, invade mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. trespass implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion <
hunters trespassing on farmland
>
. encroach suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another's territory or usurpation of another's rights or possessions <
the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples
>
. infringe implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative <
infringing a copyright
>
. invade implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another <
accused of invading their privacy
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Trespass — Tres pass, n. [OF. trespas, F. tr[ e]pas death. See {Trespass}, v.] 1. Any injury or offence done to another. [1913 Webster] I you forgive all wholly this trespass. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • trespass — tres‧pass [ˈtrespəs ǁ pəs, pæs] verb [intransitive] LAW PROPERTY to go onto someone s land or into their property without their permission: trespass on • Union organizers had trespassed on company premises to try and recruit new members. trespass …   Financial and business terms

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  • trespass — [tres′pəs; ] also, esp. for v. [, tres′pas΄] vi. [ME trespassen < OFr trespasser < VL * transpassare, to pass across < L trans ,TRANS + VL * passare, to pass < L passus: see PACE1] 1. to go beyond the limits of what is considered… …   English World dictionary

  • Trespass — Tres pass, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Trespassed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trespassing}.] [{OF}. trespasser to go across or over, transgress, F. tr[ e]passer to die; pref. tres (L. trans across, over) + passer to pass. See {Pass}, v. i., and cf. {Transpass}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trespass — ► VERB 1) enter someone s land or property without their permission. 2) (trespass on) make unfair claims on or take advantage of (something). 3) (trespass against) archaic or literary commit an offence against. ► NOUN 1) Law entry to a person s… …   English terms dictionary

  • trespass — [n] invasion, offense breach, contravention, crime, delinquency, encroachment, entrenchment, error, evildoing, fault, infraction, infringement, iniquity, injury, intrusion, misbehavior, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, obtrusion, poaching, sin,… …   New thesaurus

  • trespass — (v.) c.1300, transgress, offend, sin, from O.Fr. trespasser pass beyond or across, from tres beyond (from L. trans ) + passer go by, pass (see PASS (Cf. pass) (v.)). Meaning enter unlawfully is first attested in forest laws of Scottish Parliament …   Etymology dictionary

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