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.

Origin of transgress

1520–30; < 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 > ss
SYNONYMS FOR transgress
ANTONYMS FOR transgress
3 obey.
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British Dictionary definitions for transgressive (1 of 2)

transgressive

/ (ˌtrænzˈɡrɛsɪv) /

adjective

going beyond acceptable boundaries of taste, convention, or the lawtransgressive art; transgressive pursuits

Derived Formstransgressively, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for transgressive (2 of 2)

transgress

/ (trænzˈɡrɛs) /

verb

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

Derived Formstransgressor, noun

Word Origin for transgress

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