trans·gress (trăns-grĕs, trănz-)
v. trans·gressed, trans·gress·ing, trans·gress·es
1. To go beyond or over (a limit or boundary); exceed or overstep: "to make sure that her characters didn't transgress the parameters of ordinariness" (Ron Rosenbaum).
2. To act in violation of (the law, for example).
1. To commit an offense by violating a law, principle, or duty.
2. To spread over land, especially over the land along a subsiding shoreline. Used of the sea.
[Middle English transgressen, from Old French transgresser, from Latin trānsgredī, trānsgress-, to step across : trāns-, trans- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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