- 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
Synonyms for trespass
Examples from the Web for trespasser
Historical Examples of trespasser
I was as much a trespasser now as he was, and I could see at a glance that he knew it.The Captain of the Pole-Star and Other Tales
Arthur Conan Doyle
The St. Legers have always been at peace with their fellow-men, yet I would not be caught a trespasser.The Story of Bawn
Here the trespasser had paused to stretch himself, setting his claws deep into the bark.The Watchers of the Trails
Charles G. D. Roberts
He was yesterday arrested and tried as a trespasser, and condemned to imprisonment.The Magic City
A suit against the trespasser was won in 1794, but in 1801 his tenant was still in possession, poor, and refusing to pay rent.The Moravians in Georgia
Adelaide L. Fries
- 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).