AskDefine | Define transgress

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1 act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law" [syn: offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break]
2 spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline; "The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island"
3 commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law [syn: sin, trespass]
4 pass beyond (limits or boundaries) [syn: trespass, overstep]

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  1. To exceed or overstep some limit or boundary.
  2. To act in violation of some law.
  3. In the context of "intransitive|construed with against": To commit an offense; to sin.
  4. In the context of "intransitive|of the sea": To spread over land along a shoreline; to inundate.


to act in violation of some law

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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