transgress

  • 1 Transgress — Trans*gress , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Transgressed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Transgressing}.] [Cf. F. transgresser. See {Transgression}.] 1. To pass over or beyond; to surpass. [R.] [1913 Webster] Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature s law. Dryden …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 transgress — trans·gress /tranz gres, trans / vt 1: to go beyond limits set or prescribed by: violate 2: to pass beyond or go over (a limit or boundary) vi 1: to violate a law 2 …

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  • 3 Transgress — Trans*gress , v. i. To offend against the law; to sin. [1913 Webster] Who transgressed in the thing accursed. I Chron. ii. 7. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 transgress — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. transgresser (14c.), from L. transgressus, pp. of transgredi to step across (see TRANSGRESSION (Cf. transgression)). Related: Transgressed; transgressing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 transgress — ► VERB ▪ go beyond the limits set by (a moral principle, standard, law, etc.). DERIVATIVES transgression noun transgressive adjective transgressor noun. ORIGIN Latin transgredi step across …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 transgress — [trans gres′, tranzgres′] vt. [Fr transgresser < L transgressus, pp. of transgredi, to step over, pass over < trans , TRANS + gradi, to step, walk: see GRADE] 1. to overstep or break (a law, commandment, etc.) 2. to go beyond (a limit,… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 transgress — transgressive, adj. transgressively, adv. transgressor, n. /trans gres , tranz / v.i. 1. to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin. v.t. 2. to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress bounds of prudence …

    Universalium

  • 8 transgress — v. (formal) (D; intr.) to transgress against * * * [trænz gres] (formal) (D; intr.) to transgress against …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 transgress — UK [trænzˈɡres] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms transgress : present tense I/you/we/they transgress he/she/it transgresses present participle transgressing past tense transgressed past participle transgressed formal to do something …

    English dictionary

  • 10 transgress — /trænzˈgrɛs / (say tranz gres) verb (t) 1. to pass over or go beyond (a limit, etc.): to transgress the bounds of prudence. 2. to go beyond the limits imposed by (a law, command, etc.); violate; infringe; break. –phrase 3. transgress against, to… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 transgress — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French transgresser, from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi to step beyond or across, from trans + gradi to step more at grade Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to violate a… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 transgress — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. sin, offend, do wrong, overstep, rebel, disobey, infringe, take the law into one s own hands, break the law, entrench on, encroach upon, write one s own ticket*, fly in the face of the law*. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus)… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 transgress — trans|gress [trænzˈgres US træns ] v [I and T] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: transgresser, from Latin, past participle of transgredi to step beyond , from gredi to step ] to do something that is against the rules of social behaviour… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 transgress — verb 1》 go beyond the limits set by (a moral principle, standard, law, etc.). 2》 Geology (of the sea) spread over (an area of land). Derivatives transgression noun transgressive adjective transgressor noun Origin C15 (earlier (ME) as… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 transgress — verb 1) if they transgress, the punishment is harsh Syn: misbehave, behave badly, break the law, err, fall from grace, stray from the straight and narrow, sin, do wrong, go astray; archaic trespass 2) she had transgressed an unwritten social law… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 transgress — v 1. pass over, overpass, overstep, go beyond, exceed; intrude, encroach, trespass, invade. 2. break, infringe, breach, infract, commit a breach or an infraction, violate, disobey, defy, contravene; ignore, disregard, neglect, disdain, scorn;… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 transgress — trans•gress [[t]trænsˈgrɛs, trænz [/t]] v. i. 1) to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin 2) to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress the bounds of prudence[/ex] 3) to go beyond the limits imposed by (a… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 transgress — v.tr. (also absol.) 1 go beyond the bounds or limits set by (a commandment, law, etc.); violate; infringe. 2 Geol. (of the sea) to spread over (the land). Derivatives: transgression n. transgressive adj. transgressor n. Etymology: F transgresser… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 19 transgress — verb a) To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary. b) To act in violation of some law. See Also: transgression, transgressive …

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  • 20 transgress — Synonyms and related words: advance upon, breach, breach the law, break, break bounds, break the law, care naught for, circumvent the law, commit a crime, commit sin, contravene, defy, disobey, disobey the law, disregard, disregard the law, do… …

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