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[trans-gres, tranz-] /trænsˈgrɛs, trænz-/
verb (used without object)
to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.
verb (used with object)
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
1520-30; < Latin trānsgressus (past participle of trānsgredī to step across), equivalent to trāns- trans- + -gred- (combining form of gradī to step; see grade) + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > ss
Related forms
transgressive, adjective
transgressively, adverb
transgressor, noun
nontransgressive, adjective
nontransgressively, adverb
untransgressed, adjective
1. err, trespass. 3. contravene, disobey.
3. obey. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for transgressed
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  • They would have sinned had they not thus married; for they would have transgressed his law.

    Slavery Ordained of God Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
  • Bear with me that I transgressed the law of this holy order.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Yes, a custom, but one which again is apt to be transgressed.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • I keep a supply of those who have transgressed my laws to feed them.

  • I crave thy pardon if I have transgressed beyond the limits of my duty.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "You should not have transgressed my orders," answered Madeleine, with some show of impatience.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • In any case the player who transgressed the law does not win anything.

  • Woe then to whomsoever had transgressed any of the commandments!

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for transgressed


to break (a law, rule, etc)
to go beyond or overstep (a limit)
Derived Forms
transgressor, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin transgredī, from trans- + gradī to step
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for transgressed



late 15c., from Middle French transgresser (14c.), from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi "to step across" (see transgression). Related: Transgressed; transgressing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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