- to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.
- to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.): to transgress bounds of prudence.
- to go beyond the limits imposed by (a law, command, etc.); violate; infringe: to transgress the will of God.
Origin of transgress
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Examples from the Web for transgress
But does he transgress defining ideological litmus tests and potentially put himself beyond the pale of party acceptability?A Thinner Chris Christie Still Faces Big Political Challenges
May 10, 2013
How dare she transgress against the sacred appeal of extreme physical and mental pain?Leave Elizabeth Alone
January 11, 2010
God threatens to punish all those who transgress these commandments.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
He said to them, "why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?"Mysticism and its Results
For it is not in any man's power to constrain thee to transgress against him.Meditations
The boundaries of the State were defined, and it engaged not to transgress them.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 1 (of 6)
But I was in a mood to transgress all rules and even to forget the rights of lovers.That Affair Next Door
Anna Katharine Green
- to break (a law, rule, etc)
- to go beyond or overstep (a limit)
Word Origin and History for transgress
late 15c., from Middle French transgresser (14c.), from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi "to step across" (see transgression). Related: Transgressed; transgressing.