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.
- tres·pass·er, noun
- non·tres·pass, noun
- un·tres·passed, adjective
- un·tres·pass·ing, adjective
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How to use trespass in a sentence
They were shipping a lion to San Francisco, and the roaring and confusion were all very satisfactory to the trespasser.The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
It should require that the trespasser should pay for the entire subdivision trespassed upon.
Then he lay in wait for the first trespasser, who chanced to be the vicar on his way to baptise a sick baby.A Drake by George! | John Trevena
As soon as he saw the trespasser Hubbs went for his gun, and returning with it, shot the intruding pig.Historic Adventures | Rupert S. Holland
Mr. Hill accordingly gave orders for punishing the fox, as an original trespasser, which was done instantly.The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes | Various
British Dictionary definitions for trespass
(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
- trespasser, noun
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