- to violate a law, command, moral code, etc.; offend; sin.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for transgressive
To that end, they partnered with oddity website Atlas Obscura over the summer to host “The School of Transgressive Placemaking.”A Most Illegal Adventure with New York City’s Wildest Underground Event Planners
December 16, 2013
As a 22-year-old VJ for MTV, in the days when MTV still had VJs, Kennedy was at once transgressive and unpredictable.Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Her Path From MTV to Fox Business
December 9, 2013
Lou represented what we all loved about New York, what was cool, edgy, transgressive.Michael Musto: Lou Reed Made Me A Believer—In Transvestism, Prostitution, and Lou Reed
October 28, 2013
If then selection does not bring about transgressive variation in a general population, how can selection produce anything new?A Critique of the Theory of Evolution
Thomas Hunt Morgan
It is obvious all through that transgressive growth is the starting-point in the formation of new individuals.
When this limit has been passed, the transgressive growth takes the form of reproduction.
- going beyond acceptable boundaries of taste, convention, or the lawtransgressive art; transgressive pursuits
- to break (a law, rule, etc)
- to go beyond or overstep (a limit)
Word Origin and History for transgressive
late 15c., from Middle French transgresser (14c.), from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi "to step across" (see transgression). Related: Transgressed; transgressing.