[ trans-gresh-uh n, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈgrɛʃ ən, trænz- /


an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.

Origin of transgression

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion

synonym study for transgression

See breach.

OTHER WORDS FROM transgression

non·trans·gres·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for transgression

/ (trænzˈɡrɛʃən) /


a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
the act or an instance of transgressing
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Scientific definitions for transgression

[ trăns-grĕshən ]

A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time. Compare regression.
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