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Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
  to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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  • Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
  • 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

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  • 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
  • For our gift is greater than our transgression.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • Wilt thou make a trust a transgression?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • 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
  • our manifold transgressions of Thy holy laws,
    Edward E. Hale  --  The Man Without a Country
  • We can’t own property or attend schools, and even the mildest transgression results in enslavement.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • So when exhilarating transgressions required getting over on authority figures, I knew how to do it.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In the South, crimes like murder or assault might send you to prison, but interracial sex was a transgression in its own unique category of danger with correspondingly extreme punishments.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Had Albert somehow transgressed the wolfish code, and was he about to be made to pay for his transgressions with his blood?
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In the Army that situation would have been taken care of in a matter of a few painful minutes, with a months-long penance by the transgressor to follow.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • His manner forgiving her all transgressions past and present.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • As we moved toward the door, the three of us, Nathan—looking a bit like a fashionable gambler now in his suit out of an old Vanity Fair—looped his long arm around my shoulder and offered me an apology so straightforward and honorable that I could not help but forgive him his dark insults, his bigoted and wrong-headed slurs and his other transgressions.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Such behavior was bad for Germany, and it was bad for the transgressor.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • He was considered a transgressor who ventured into forbidden territory.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Why, such is love’s transgression.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • His transgressions were small ones, always: shoes on the wrong feet, schoolwork misplaced, failure to study adequately for a quiz.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • What happens in training is highly secretive, so there’s no point in taking action against me when no one will know what my transgression was.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Being always the first to spot flaws and transgressions, it falls upon Father to deliver penance.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Meagre, indeed, and cold, was the sympathy that a transgressor might look for, from such bystanders, at the scaffold.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They were of the most curious character: odd transgressions that I never imagined previously.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I also don’t believe that whatever comes after life depends on my correctly reciting a list of my transgressions—that sounds too much like an Erudite afterlife to me, all accuracy and no feeling.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • He saw their young faces grow even more pale, knowing they were imagining this little transgression on their record.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Remember Thy bounteous mercy and loving-kindness which are from of old; turn not Thy face from us, but be gracious to our unworthiness, and in Thy great goodness and Thy many mercies regard not our transgressions and iniquities!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It was by honouring the law, and punishing anybody who transgressed it so that they knew they were punished.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • The crime of transgressive eating is a theme that the great poets of our tradition have dwelt on with a curious insistence.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Ordinary men have to live in submission, have no right to transgress the law, because, don’t you see, they are ordinary.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Why do I remember the scars, Dream of old transgressions . And why do I sleep with fears?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Is it better to drive a fellow-creature to despair than to transgress a mere human law, no man being injured by the breach? for you have neither relatives nor acquaintances whom you need fear to offend by living with me?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She doubted whether she had not transgressed the duty of woman by woman, in betraying her suspicions of Jane Fairfax’s feelings to Frank Churchill.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • His primacy was savage, and savagely he ruled, administering justice with a club, punishing transgression with the pain of a blow, and rewarding merit, not by kindness, but by withholding a blow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • No crime or transgression had been actually named and no penance had been actually set.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • He wouldn’t be able to intervene, to save me; the transgressions of women in the household, whether Martha or Handmaid, are supposed to be under the jurisdiction of the Wives alone.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Although this was the most strictly walled of all convents, we shall endeavor to make our way into it, and to take the reader in, and to say, without transgressing the proper bounds, things which story-tellers have never seen, and have, therefore, never described.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Anything that’s mended is but patched; virtue that transgresses is but patched with sin, and sin that amends is but patched with virtue.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Even without a transgression, that same fight-or-flight instinct set in.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • Saint-Louis of France, my master, transgressed, with the same object, the church of Monsieur Saint-Paul; and Monsieur Alphonse, son of the king of Jerusalem, the very church of the Holy Sepulchre.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Only the morning pained him with its dim memory of dark orgiastic riot, its keen and humiliating sense of transgression.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • But other transgressions and offenses were more secret.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Here and there a restriction annoyed her particularly, and she would transgress it, and perhaps be sorry that she had done so.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • Secure, because once enlisted aboard a King’s-ship, they were as much in sanctuary, as the transgressor of the Middle Ages harboring himself under the shadow of the altar.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • By his crime he would have transgressed not only against men but against the Church of Christ.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Such is the edict (if report speak true) Of Creon, our most noble Creon, aimed At thee and me, aye me too; and anon He will be here to promulgate, for such As have not heard, his mandate; ’tis in sooth No passing humor, for the edict says Whoe’er transgresses shall be stoned to death.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • The forgiveness, at first, indeed, as was reasonable, comprehended only Robert; and Lucy, who had owed his mother no duty and therefore could have transgressed none, still remained some weeks longer unpardoned.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • And while their manners were thus the subject of sarcastic observation, the untaught Saxons unwittingly transgressed several of the arbitrary rules established for the regulation of society.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
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