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Transgression definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TRANSGRES'SION, n. The act of passing over or beyond any law or rule of moral duty; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command.
He mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away. Ezra 10.
Forgive thy people all their transgressions. 1 Kings 8.
1. Fault; offense; crime.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father" [syn: transgression, evildoing]
2: the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata
3: the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century an act, process, or instance of transgressing: as a. infringement or violation of a law, command, or duty b. the spread of the sea over land areas and the consequent unconformable deposit of sediments on older rocks

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Transgression Trans*gres"sion, n. [L. transgressio a going across, going over, transgression of the law, from transgredi, transgressus, to step across, go over; trans over, across + gradi to step, walk: cf. F. transgression. See Grade.] The act of transgressing, or of passing over or beyond any law, civil or moral; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command; fault; offense; crime; sin. Forgive thy people . . . all their transgressions wherein they have transgressed against thee. --I Kings viii. 50. What rests, but that the mortal sentence pass On his transgression, death denounced that day ? --Milton. The transgression is in the stealer. --Shak. Syn: Fault; offense; crime; infringement; misdemeanor; misdeed; affront; sin.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see transgress

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

trans-gresh'-un: From "transgress," to pass over or beyond; to overpass, as any rule prescribed as the limit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral; the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command; offense; crime; sin. In the Old Testament pesha`, occurs 80 times, rendered in all versions by "transgression." Its meaning is "rebellion"; see REBELLION. The word "rebellion" differs from this word in that it may be in the heart, though no opportunity should be granted for its manifestation: "An evil man seeketh only rebellion" (Pr 17:11). Here the wise man contemplates an evil heart, looking for an excuse or opportunity to rebel.

The New Testament uses parabasis, "trespass": "The law .... was added because of transgressions" (Ga 3:19); "Where there is no law, neither is there transgression" (Ro 4:15); "for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant" (Heb 9:15).

David Roberts Dungan

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Infringement, violation, infraction, breach, non-observance, transgressing. 2. Sin, offence, crime, misdemeanor, misdeed, misdoing, fault, trespass, evil deed, error, wrong-doing.

Moby Thesaurus

atrocity, bad faith, breach, breach of contract, breach of faith, breach of law, breach of privilege, breach of promise, breach of trust, breaking, civil disobedience, contravention, crime, crime against humanity, deadly sin, delinquency, dereliction, disobedience, encroachment, enormity, erring, error, evil, failure, fall from grace, fault, felony, frowardness, genocide, guilty act, heavy sin, impropriety, incursion, indiscipline, indiscretion, indocility, inexpiable sin, infraction, infringement, iniquity, injury, injustice, inroad, insubordination, intractability, intrusion, lapse, lawbreaking, lawlessness, malefaction, malfeasance, malum, minor wrong, misbehavior, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance, mortal sin, naughtiness, noncompliance, nonconformity, noncooperation, nonfeasance, nonobedience, offense, omission, outrage, overstepping, passive resistance, peccadillo, peccancy, recusancy, sin, sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, tort, trespass, trespassing, trip, uncooperativeness, unduteousness, undutifulness, unsubmissiveness, unutterable sin, usurpation, venial sin, violation, violation of law, waywardness, willful disobedience, wrong, wrongdoing


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