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[trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-] /trænsˈgrɛʃ ən, trænz-/
an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
Origin of transgression
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion
Related forms
nontransgression, noun
See breach. Unabridged
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  • Woman was made for man and became first in the transgression.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • I will show them wherein they have erred, and that transgression stands in the way to life.

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • In the transgression of the lips is a snare to an evil man: but the righteous shall come out of trouble.

  • Marianne, recognizing how serious was the transgression, wished to scold him.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • Every transgression of them brings the souls to the world of darkness, evil spirits, and impurity.

British Dictionary definitions for transgression


a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
the act or an instance of transgressing
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Word Origin and History for transgression

late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) "a transgression of the law," in classical Latin, "a going over," from transgressus, past participle of transgredi "go beyond," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + gradi (past participle gressus) "to walk, go" (see grade).

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transgression in Science
A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time. Compare regression.
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