Trespass

Definition of Trespass

Tres´pass
v. i.1.To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go.
[imp. & p. p. Trespassed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trespassing.]
Soon after this, noble Robert de Bruce . . . trespassed out of this uncertain world.
- Ld. Berners.
2.(Law) To commit a trespass; esp., to enter unlawfully upon the land of another.
3.To go too far; to put any one to inconvenience by demand or importunity; to intrude; as, to trespass upon the time or patience of another.
4.To commit any offense, or to do any act that injures or annoys another; to violate any rule of rectitude, to the injury of another; hence, in a moral sense, to transgress voluntarily any divine law or command; to violate any known rule of duty; to sin; - often followed by against.
In the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord.
- 2 Chron. xxviii. 22.
n.1.Any injury or offence done to another.
I you forgive all wholly this trespass.
- Chaucer.
If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
- Matt. vi. 15.
2.Any voluntary transgression of the moral law; any violation of a known rule of duty; sin.
The fatal trespass done by Eve.
- Milton.
You . . . who were dead in trespasses and sins.
- Eph. if. 1.
3.(Law) An unlawful act committed with force and violence (vi et armis) on the person, property, or relative rights of another.
Trespass offering
(Jewish Antiq.) an offering in expiation of a trespass.
Trespass on the case
(Law) See Action on the case, under Case.

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