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Definition to violate a rule, promise, or social norm

Much more rarely (and archaically), transgress can mean:  "spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline" as in "The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island."
  • Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
transgressed = violated a rule, promise, or social norm
  • will not permit them to transgress the rights of others
  • Laws are sand, customs are rock. Laws can be evaded and punishment escaped but an openly transgressed custom brings sure punishment.
    Mark Twain
  • Ordinary men have to live in submission, have no right to transgress the law, because, don't you see, they are ordinary.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Crime And Punishment
  • For just consider, if you transgress and err in this sort of way, what good will you do either to yourself or to your friends?
    Plato  --  Crito
  • our manifold transgressions of Thy holy laws,
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • transgressions = violations
  • For our gift is greater than our transgression.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • transgression = breaking of rules
  • Wilt thou make a trust a transgression?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • transgression = an act in violation of rules, promises, or social norms
  • All these months of not so much as a kiss between us, I had assumed his transgressions with the women of the night had satisfied whatever urges a man like John Rimbauer has-substantial urges indeed.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • transgressions = acts that violate rules, promises, or social norms
  • Sin is not viewed by the Orthodox as a stain on the soul that needs to be wiped out, or a legal transgression that must be set right by a punitive sentence, but rather as a mistake made by the individual with the opportunity for spiritual growth and development.
    Eastern Orthodox Church - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • In cases of heinous transgression and refusal to submit to correction, a Christian could be officially excommunicated from the Church and denied its sacraments and ministrations.
    Dictionary of the History of Ideas  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  • Here and there a restriction annoyed her particularly, and she would transgress it, and perhaps be sorry that she had done so.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • Woman, transgress not beyond the limits of Heaven's mercy
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Is it better to drive a fellow-creature to despair than to transgress a mere human law, no man being injured by the breach?
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She obeyed his directions very punctually: perhaps she had no temptation to transgress.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Nevertheless I had to come, for none of us other gods can cross Jove, nor transgress his orders.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • The Furies they said are attendants on justice, and if the sun in heaven should transgress his path they would punish him.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • The lines marked out by treaties will not stop it; but it will everywhere transgress these imaginary barriers.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy

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