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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v transgress pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
    • v transgress commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    • v transgress act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises "offend all laws of humanity","violate the basic laws or human civilization","break a law","break a promise"
    • v transgress spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline "The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Transgress Hence, to overpass, as any prescribed as the limit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral. "For man will hearken to his glozing lies,
      And easily transgress the sole command."
    • v. i Transgress To offend against the law; to sin. "Who transgressed in the thing accursed."
    • Transgress To offend against; to vex. "Why give you peace to this imperate beast
      That hath so long transgressed you ?"
    • Transgress To pass over or beyond; to surpass. "Surpassing common faith, transgressing nature's law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • transgress To pass over or beyond; go beyond.
    • transgress Hence To overpass, as some law or rule prescribed; break or violate; infringe.
    • transgress To offend against (a person); disobey; thwart; cross; vex.
    • transgress Synonyms Infringe upon, Encroach upon, etc. (see trespass, v. i.), pass, transcend, overstep, contravene.
    • transgress To offend by violating a law; sin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Transgress trans-gres′ to pass beyond a limit: to break, as a law
    • v.i Transgress to offend by violating a law: to sin
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  • Bible
    “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. [Proverbs 19:11]”
  • Bible
    “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity. [Job 14:17]”
  • Bible
    “Where there is no law there is no transgression.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. transgresser,. See Transgression


In literature:

For, notice the weapon with which He fights man's transgression, if I may vary the figure for a moment.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Incontinence means transgressing the ordinary standards in respect of pleasure and pain.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
Sin is original or actual, the former inherited from our parents, the latter, personal transgression of the Divine law.
"Exposition of the Apostles Creed" by James Dodds
This sin is rarely a conscious moral transgression.
"Youth and Sex" by Mary Scharlieb and F. Arthur Sibly
He who transgresses them is still recognized as in good standing in the community.
"Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic" by Sidney L. Gulick
The outward forms may be observed, while the spirit and design of them is neglected, and the rule of the word transgressed.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
Katharina was suffering for her transgressions.
"The Nameless Castle" by Maurus Jókai
If this law be transgressed, the malefactor is supernaturally punished in a variety of ways.
"Custom and Myth" by Andrew Lang
Love may trifle as it pleases with what people call "law"; but there are certain aesthetic limits not to be transgressed.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Christ, the sin-offering, bearing your transgressions.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
But he never spoke openly of the transgression.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Allow me to transgress once more.
"Argentina From A British Point Of View" by Various
If a man remain unmarried after the age of twenty, his life is a constant transgression.
"Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala" by Various
Have they been transgressed by Great Britain?
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
I do not suppose Richard would ever transgress the limits of the law.
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
How durst thou then transgress the published law?
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Neither circumstances nor the fact that Tunis had suggested the masquerade excused the transgression.
"Sheila of Big Wreck Cove" by James A. Cooper
It is a thing prescribed by the Fathers, and can not be transgressed.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
If anyone transgresses this command, he will have to give an ox or a sheep and tesvino, to make the feast all over again.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz

In poetry:

I'm a companion of the saints
Who fear and love the Lord;
My sorrows rise, my nature faints,
When men transgress thy word.
"Psalm 119 part 13" by Isaac Watts
She told the story that we all
Learn at our mother's knee,
Of Eve's transgression, Adam's fall,
And Heaven's great clemency:
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin
`What transgressions I commit
Are for thy transgressions fit.
They thy harlots, thou their slave;
And my bed becomes their grave.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
O Lord, I frankly own to thee,
That I have long deserv'd to be
Depriv'd quite of the vital air:
So num'rous my transgressions are!
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
The plague to thy transgressions due,
Is prompt thy footsteps to pursue,
E'en now it hovers o'er thy head!
So very vile a life thou'st led!
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
But cannot Beauty render Sin the less
When Aphroditan Damosels transgress,
Making the Error lovely with the Thought -
A Dimple is its own Forgiviness?
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Plagiarism is an ethical transgression, not a legal one, and there's nothing inherently unplagiarizable about slogans and catchphrases .
How facial fuzz became a mildly transgressive fashion statement.
Now that Tiger Woods has admitted to "transgressions," many wonder what is next for his marriage.
To Transgress or Not to Transgress .
Art is transgressive, we're told, but not all transgressions are equal.
This paper presents an approach to modeling social transgressions in agent based systems.
The approach is intended to be abstract enough that it may be used with many different theories of transgression, apology, forgiveness, etc.
Start telling love stories and chances are, you'll find yourself telling tales of transgression .
Jordan's rep classified the club's decision to ban the Hall of Famer for his fashion transgression as "their loss.".
On that front, Hannity continues blasting away at the " double standard " under which only Republicans suffer for transgressions and smears.
His transgression involved only his private life.
The empty tropes of transgressive fiction.
When people witness (or hear about) a moral transgression, they often get a disgust reaction.
In a rare interview, the controversial artist opens up to Glenn O'Brien about the art world, her transgressive work, and why she's a survivor.
A judge accused of fix­ing his own parking tickets and several other transgressions has been removed from the bench.

In science:

Now consider the transgression of the bundle gerbe φ−1P to the loop space LN .
Constructions with bundle gerbes
Now consider the transgression of P to the loop space LM .
Constructions with bundle gerbes
The transition functions and local connections of the transgression bundle are derived from the local expressions for this function, so they too have signs reversed.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
In the situation where we have one component with boundary and one closed then the result of transgression is the transgression corresponding to the component with boundary, with the closed component contributing to the canonical section/trivialisation.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
Recall that we can also transgress a bundle gerbe to get a bundle over LM .
Constructions with bundle gerbes
Now the fact that ρ is equal to the holonomy map shows that the bundle 0-gerbe obtained by transgression of the tautological bundle gerbe is the same as the bundle 0-gerbe on the loop space which is used to define the tautological bundle gerbe in (7.7).
Constructions with bundle gerbes
If M is not 1-connected then the bundle 2-gerbe may only be reconstructed from the transgression bundle gerbe on the loop space.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
In this section we consider some examples where we are able to give a geometric interpretation of transgression.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
If µ is an open path in M then recall that the holonomy function now depends on the choice of trivialisation, H ((h, φ∗A); µ) = exp Zµ Aα − d log hα + d log λφ = H ((h, A); µ) · λ−1 φ (µ(0))λφ(µ(1)) Thus the gauge transformation contributes an extra term to the Deligne cochain on Map(I ; M ) obtained by transgression.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
This general form of the WZW action was given in terms of a transgression formula by Gawedski .
Constructions with bundle gerbes
In the case where G is simply connected then the theory of transgression of tautological bundle gerbes tells us that the bundle on the loop space is just the bundle over L0G in the definition of the bundle gerbe.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
In the previous section we considered the transgression of the Chern-Simons bundle 2-gerbe to a line bundle on S 2(M ).
Constructions with bundle gerbes
S 1 (Q[ω ]) is the loop space transgression of the tautological bundle gerbe on G.
Constructions with bundle gerbes
Suppose we have a term in the action which corresponds to a section of the trivial bundle over Σ corresponding to the transgression, L → LM, of a bundle gerbe, P on M .
Constructions with bundle gerbes
Furthermore the functoriality of transgression tells us that a suitable bundle L′ may be found via the transgression to LM of a bundle gerbe P ′ with the same Dixmier-Douady class as P .
Constructions with bundle gerbes