- an unlawful act causing injury to the person, property, or rights of another, committed with force or violence, actual or implied.
- a wrongful entry upon the lands of another.
- the action to recover damages for such an injury.
- an encroachment or intrusion.
- an offense, sin, or wrong.
- Law. to commit a trespass.
- to encroach on a person's privacy, time, etc.; infringe (usually followed by on or upon).
- to commit a transgression or offense; transgress; offend; sin.
Origin of trespass
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Examples from the Web for trespasser
He must first catch the trespasser and this would be a pretty hard job.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Here it was even worse than in the garden; there Boxtel was only a trespasser, here he was a thief.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I was as much a trespasser now as he was, and I could see at a glance that he knew it.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had greeted Pen somewhat coldly—as if Pen were a trespasser on his side of the street.In a Little Town
He felt himself a trespasser both on Ivan's time and on his charity.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
- (often foll by on or upon) to go or intrude (on the property, privacy, or preserves of another) with no right or permission
- law to commit trespass, esp to enter wrongfully upon land belonging to another
- archaic (often foll by against) to sin or transgress
- any unlawful act committed with force or violence, actual or implied, which causes injury to another person, his property, or his rights
- a wrongful entry upon another's land
- an action to recover damages for such injury or wrongful entry
- an intrusion on another's privacy or preserves
- a sin or offence
Word Origin and History for trespasser
c.1300, "transgress, offend, sin," from Old French trespasser "pass beyond or across," from tres- "beyond" (from Latin trans-) + passer "go by, pass" (see pass (v.)). Meaning "enter unlawfully" is first attested in forest laws of Scottish Parliament (c.1455). The noun is recorded from late 13c. The modern descendant of Old French trespasser, French trépasser has come to be used euphemistically for "to die" (cf. cross over, and obituary).