[trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-]


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

Nearby words

  1. transgenesis,
  2. transgenic,
  3. transgenic species,
  4. transgenics,
  5. transgress,
  6. transgressive,
  7. transgressor,
  8. transhiatal,
  9. transhiatal esophagectomy,
  10. tranship

Origin of transgression

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

Related formsnon·trans·gres·sion, noun

Synonym study

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British Dictionary definitions for transgression



a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
the act or an instance of transgressing
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Word Origin and History for transgression



late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) "a transgression of the law," in classical Latin, "a going over," from transgressus, past participle of transgredi "go beyond," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + gradi (past participle gressus) "to walk, go" (see grade).

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Science definitions for transgression



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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