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transgress

[ trans-gres, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈgrɛs, trænz- /
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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.
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Origin of transgress

First recorded in 1520–30; from 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 becoming ss

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British Dictionary definitions for transgress

transgress
/ (trænzˈɡrɛs) /

verb
to break (a law, rule, etc)
to go beyond or overstep (a limit)

Derived forms of transgress

transgressor, noun

Word Origin for transgress

C16: from Latin transgredī, from trans- + gradī to step
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