- an unlawful act causing injury to the person, property, or rights of another, committed with force or violence, actual or implied.
- a wrongful entry upon the lands of another.
- the action to recover damages for such an injury.
verb (used without object)
Origin of trespass
Examples from the Web for trespass
So much for that: Trespass, directed by Joel Schumacher, could very well be her corniest movie yet.
But the trespass provisions were removed from the law before it was voted on by the Arizona legislature.
But I am obliged to you; I will not trespass on your good-nature.The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood|Arthur Griffiths
“Or we might get up a good action for trespass,” said Pratt.Thereby Hangs a Tale|George Manville Fenn
Trespass by a neighbouring village would be resisted, if necessary, by force of arms.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead|James George Frazer
I am unwilling to trespass upon the patience of my readers by any comment upon such evidence as this.Primitive Christian Worship|James Endell Tyler
Don't you realise that you are liable to arrest for trespass?The Blind Spot|Austin Hall
- any unlawful act committed with force or violence, actual or implied, which causes injury to another person, his property, or his rights
- a wrongful entry upon another's land
- an action to recover damages for such injury or wrongful entry
Word Origin for trespass
c.1300, "transgress, offend, sin," from Old French trespasser "pass beyond or across," from tres- "beyond" (from Latin trans-) + passer "go by, pass" (see pass (v.)). Meaning "enter unlawfully" is first attested in forest laws of Scottish Parliament (c.1455). The noun is recorded from late 13c. The modern descendant of Old French trespasser, French trépasser has come to be used euphemistically for "to die" (cf. cross over, and obituary).