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[trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-] /trænsˈgrɛʃ ən, trænz-/
an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
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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Examples from the web for transgressions
  • The transgressions of people in public life offer a fascinating and evolving saga.
  • 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.
  • Naturally enough, they view the high and rising cost of the war as evidence of those transgressions.
  • The rising demand for food plays a large role in those transgressions.
  • As more of us stand up and speak out, transgressions become harder to ignore.
  • Many arrests are dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence or because the transgressions were trivial.
  • Dozens of people are convicted each year, though hearsay is often used as evidence and accusers invent verbal transgressions.
  • It seems that people are less inclined to criticize these transgressions even though their voices would have an enormous impact.
British Dictionary definitions for transgressions


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 transgressions



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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transgressions 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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