- 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.
- an encroachment or intrusion.
- an offense, sin, or wrong.
- Law. to commit a trespass.
- to encroach on a person's privacy, time, etc.; infringe (usually followed by on or upon).
- to commit a transgression or offense; transgress; offend; sin.
Origin of trespass
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Examples from the Web for trespass
So much for that: Trespass, directed by Joel Schumacher, could very well be her corniest movie yet.The Best Olsen Yet and Watch Other Movie Reviews
October 21, 2011
But the trespass provisions were removed from the law before it was voted on by the Arizona legislature.Why Obama Should Sue Arizona
May 28, 2010
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Can I trespass on your good nature to make the proper solution for my eyes?The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He could put distance between him and the trespass, but it grew in his soul.
She could not assess her trespass by any moral code; it was everything or nothing.
- (often foll by on or upon) to go or intrude (on the property, privacy, or preserves of another) with no right or permission
- law to commit trespass, esp to enter wrongfully upon land belonging to another
- archaic (often foll by against) to sin or transgress
- 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
- an intrusion on another's privacy or preserves
- a sin or offence
Word Origin and History 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).