- 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 transgressor
Once they focus in on whether someone is acting out of genuine religious belief, the transgressor is half way home.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
It was a good thing that from any cause the transgressor should find his ways hard.Weighed and Wanting
Now and then the way of the transgressor is disgustingly pleasant.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
It looks, too, as if 'the way of the transgressor' were a darned hard way.Her Father's Daughter
"The way of the transgressor is hard," he whispered in a tone too low for Hodden to hear.One Day's Courtship
"'The way of the transgressor is hard,'" murmured the minister to himself.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
- to break (a law, rule, etc)
- to go beyond or overstep (a limit)
Word Origin and History for transgressor
early 15c., from Anglo-French transgressour, Old French transgressor, and directly from Latin transgressor, agent noun from transgredi (see transgression).
late 15c., from Middle French transgresser (14c.), from Latin transgressus, past participle of transgredi "to step across" (see transgression). Related: Transgressed; transgressing.