transgress

When you go beyond the boundaries, either physically or morally, you transgress. A river will transgress its banks as it floods, and students who cheat transgress school rules.

Transgress sounds like and means nearly the same thing as trespass. When you transgress a rule, you're breaking it. Religions often talk about transgressing: for Christians, breaking a commandment is transgressing against God by violating his wishes. Any transgression is pushing through a boundary: like a neighbor transgressing by letting their dog into your yard: that's a physical and a legal type of transgressing. The dog got into your territory, and the owners broke a rule.

Definitions of transgress
  1. verb
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
    synonyms: breach, break, go against, infract, offend, violate
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    Antonyms:
    keep, observe
    conform one's action or practice to
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    sin, trespass
    commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    blunder, boob, drop the ball, goof, sin
    commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
    conflict, contravene, infringe, run afoul
    go against, as of rules and laws
    trespass
    break the law
    intrude, trespass
    enter unlawfully on someone's property
    fall
    yield to temptation or sin
    break, break in
    enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
    type of:
    disrespect
    show a lack of respect for
  2. verb
    commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    synonyms: sin, trespass
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    types:
    fall
    yield to temptation or sin
    type of:
    breach, break, go against, infract, offend, violate
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
  3. verb
    pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
    synonyms: overstep, trespass
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    type of:
    go across, go through, pass
    go across or through
  4. verb
    spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
    “The sea transgresses along the West coast of the island”
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    type of:
    overspread, spread
    spread across or over
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