[trans-gres, tranz-]

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.

Nearby words

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

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



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



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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Word Origin and History for transgressive
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