Definition of transgression in English:


Pronunciation /transˈɡrɛʃn//tranzˈɡrɛʃn//trɑːnsˈɡrɛʃn//trɑːnzˈɡrɛʃn/


  • An act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offence.

    ‘I'll be keeping an eye out for further transgressions’
    ‘few ministers now stand down because of sexual transgressions’
    mass noun ‘her transgression of genteel etiquette’
    • ‘One admits to a crime, a transgression, not an illness, unless the illness is a crime, and depression is not.’
    • ‘But, like I said, what I hate more is people who do not own up to their transgressions.’
    • ‘He was far too indulgent of players' transgressions and inevitably an element of indiscipline crept into the play.’
    • ‘Are gay students going to be the only students whose transgressions would be kept secret from their parents?’
    • ‘Media organizations need to be punished for their transgressions by whatever means possible.’
    • ‘Confront transgressions as they occur with the assumption that your corrections are guidance.’
    • ‘Mobiles ringing in the dressing room, lateness and the wrong kit are all transgressions that can lead to coughing up dollars.’
    offence, crime, sin, wrong, wrongdoing, misdemeanour, felony, misdeed, lawbreaking, vice, evil-doing, indiscretion, peccadillo, mischief, mischievousness, wickedness, misbehaviour, bad behaviour
    infringement, breach, contravention, violation, defiance, infraction, disobedience, breaking, flouting, non-observance, overstepping, exceeding
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