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transgress
used in Anthem

18 uses
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Definition
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
  • For our gift is greater than our transgression.
    Part Five (68% in)
transgression = breaking of rules

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
  • And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.
    Part One (1% in)
  • The laws say that none among men may be alone, ever and at any time, for this is the great transgression and the root of all evil.
    Part One (4% in)
  • And as we look back upon our life, we see that it has ever been thus and that it has brought us step by step to our last, supreme transgression, our crime of crimes hidden here under the ground.
    Part One (17% in)
  • We were just like all our brothers then, save for the one transgression: we fought with our brothers.
    Part One (18% in)
  • We were guilty and we confess it here: we were guilty of the great Transgression of Preference.
    Part One (29% in)
  • This is an evil thing to say, for it is a transgression, the great Transgression of Preference, to love any among men better than the others, since we must love all men and all men are our friends.
    Part One (67% in)
  • This is an evil thing to say, for it is a transgression, the great Transgression of Preference, to love any among men better than the others, since we must love all men and all men are our friends.
    Part One (67% in)
  • It is a transgression to speak to men of other Trades, save in groups at the Social Meetings.
    Part Two (19% in)
  • It is our second Transgression of Preference, for we do not think of all our brothers, as we must, but only of one, and their name is Liberty 5-3000.
    Part Two (23% in)
  • They brought the Transgressor out into the square and they led them to the pyre.
    Part Two (88% in)
  • They had torn out the tongue of the Transgressor, so that they could speak no longer.
    Part Two (89% in)
  • The Transgressor were young and tall.
    Part Two (89% in)
  • As the chains were wound over their body at the stake, and a flame set to the pyre, the Transgressor looked upon the City.
    Part Two (91% in)
  • And we thought then, standing in the square, that the likeness of a Saint was the face we saw before us in the flames, the face of the Transgressor of the Unspeakable Word.
    Part Two (95% in)
  • But it seemed to us that the eyes of the Transgressor had chosen us from the crowd and were looking straight upon us.
    Part Two (96% in)
  • We matter not, nor our transgression.
    Part Seven (22% in)
  • I understood why the best in me had been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins.
    Part Twelve (4% in)

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