[trans-gresh-uhn, tranz-]
an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion

nontransgression, noun

See breach. Unabridged
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transgression (trænzˈɡrɛʃən)
1.  a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
2.  the act or an instance of transgressing

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. transgression (12c.), from L.L. transgressionem (nom. transgressio) "a transgression of the law," from L. "a going over," from transgressus, pp. of transgredi "go beyond," from trans- "across" + gradi (pp. gressus) "to walk, go" (see grade). The verb
transgress is recorded from 1520s. Related: Transgressor (late 14c.).
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Science Dictionary
transgression   (trāns-grěsh'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
The transgressions of people in public life offer a fascinating and evolving
Some theories suggest that the bodies were those of societal outcasts who were
  executed for their transgressions.
The transgressions ranged from intentional exaggeration to flat-out fibs.
All the others have been face saving actions or responses to vague
  transgressions threatening speculative results.
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