trans·gress /træn(t)sˈgrɛs, trænz-/
Trans·gress v. t. [imp. & p. p. Transgressed p. pr. & vb. n. Transgressing.]
1. To pass over or beyond; to surpass. [R.]
Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law. --Dryden.
2. Hence, to overpass, as any prescribed as the ░imit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral.
For man will hearken to his glozing lies,
And easily transgress the sole command. --Milton.
3. To offend against; to vex. [Obs.]
Why give you peace to this imperate beast
That hath so long transgressed you ? --Beau. & Fl.
Trans·gress, v. i. To offend against the law; to sin.
Who transgressed in the thing accursed. --I Chron. ii. 7.
v 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,
4: pass beyond (limits or boundaries) [syn: trespass, overstep]