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[ UK /tɹænsɡɹˈɛʃən/ ]
[ US /tɹænzˈɡɹɛʃən/ ]
  1. the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
  2. 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
  3. the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata
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How To Use transgression In A Sentence

  • There must then be obedience to an infinite law, or _infinite_ punishment for transgression. The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church
  • But the Law of Moses under which the Jews, as evidenced by their circumcision, are supposed to live under is very rigid and proscribes up to death for many transgressions. The Volokh Conspiracy » Ann Coulter, Christian Chauvinist:
  • Overeating and drunkenness both violated social moral codes, although the latter appears to have been a much weightier transgression: intoxication is frequently listed among the serious crimes — "pleasurable living," adultery, theft — mentioned by Sahagún's informants. 47 Indigenous drinking practices also shocked Spaniards who had their own ideals of moderation when it came to alcohol consumption, a topic that we look at in Chapter 4. Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico
  • A woman is permitted to chat or babble, but speaking in public with authority is still the greatest transgression.
  • For this cause also God has banished from His presence him who did of his own accord stealthily sow the tares, that is, him who brought about the transgression; [4433] but He took compassion upon man, who, through want of care no doubt, but still wickedly [on the part of another], became involved in disobedience; and ANF01. The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
  • Early in the film, Janice's transgressions already resonate on a specific historical level and tap into older notions regarding the feminine.
  • The confessional language is stunning in its clarity: ‘I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.’
  • If he indeed were guilty of such an execrable transgression, this newspaper would be among the first to condemn, and not defend, him and his broadcaster.
  • That the portraits of Beethoven did not bear much likeness to the composer could be deemed a deliberate transgression.
  • None of these characters is evil, none commits the transgression that precipitates the suicide, but all are driven, understandably yet horrifyingly, to behave in devious ways that wound others badly. Cover to Cover
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