Definition of transgress in English:

transgress

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Pronunciation: /tranzˈgrɛs
 
, trɑːnz-, -ns-/

verb

[with object]
  • 2 Geology (Of the sea) spread over (an area of land): each continent has been transgressed by continental seas
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    • High peat cliffs on the coasts of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are clear examples of coastal wetland loss by transgressing sea levels.
    • At some point during the lower Devonian, the sea began to transgress again, and this continued through the deposition of the Port Ewen formation.
    • As the sea level rose in the early to middle Holocene, dunes on the low-gradient shelf were transgressed and provided the core for the modern offshore sandy shoals.

Derivatives

transgressor

noun
More example sentences
  • Ultimately, we need to have a zero tolerance policy and if that means the police pressing charges against any transgressors, then so be it.
  • The establishment of an Anti-Corruption Commission will help reveal and expose corruption and hopefully result in prosecution of transgressors, but it will not tackle the problem at its origin.
  • This virus is forcing all of us to look at the way we construct our respective social boundaries, and how we sentence (without trial) those perceived as transgressors.
Synonyms
offender, wrongdoer, culprit, lawbreaker, criminal, delinquent, villain, felon, reprobate, outlaw, malefactor, guilty party, black hat; sinner, trespasser, evil-doer; Law malfeasant, misfeasor
informal crook
archaic miscreant

Origin

late 15th century (earlier (late Middle English) as transgression): from Old French transgresser or Latin transgress- 'stepped across', from the verb transgredi, from trans- 'across' + gradi 'go'.

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