A transgression is something that is against a command or law. Whether you are cheating on a test, or cheating on a spouse, you are committing transgressions that are not easily forgiven.

A transgression can be a failure to do your duty. A sin is a transgression against God. The noun transgression is from Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin "act of crossing, passing over," from transgredi "to step or pass over."

Primary Meanings of transgression

the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata
Full Definitions of transgression

n 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”
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an action that is vicious or vile; an action that arouses disgust or abhorrence
evil, immorality, iniquity, wickedness
morally objectionable behavior
a criminal or vicious act
depravity, turpitude
a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice
a specific form of evildoing
sin, sinning
an act that is regarded by theologians as a transgression of God's will
terrorisation, terrorization
an act of terrorism
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
an evil act not necessarily punishable by law
inside job
some transgression committed with the assistance of someone trusted by the victim
gambling, gaming, play
the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
devilry, deviltry
wicked and cruel behavior
foul play
unfair or dishonest behavior (especially involving violence)
irreverence, violation
a disrespectful act
sexual immorality
the evil ascribed to sexual acts that violate social conventions
intemperance, intemperateness
consumption of alcoholic drinks
a lapse into sin; a loss of innocence or of chastity
actual sin
a sin committed of your own free will (as contrasted with original sin)
original sin
a sin said to be inherited by all descendants of Adam
deadly sin, mortal sin
an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
venial sin
a pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace
the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
capital offense
a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
crime committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person's identity or sell contraband or stalk victims or disrupt operations with malevolent programs
a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
Had crime
(Islam) serious crimes committed by Muslims and punishable by punishments established in the Koran
highjack, hijack
seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation
a crime less serious than a felony
commission, committal, perpetration
the act of committing a crime
attack, attempt
the act of attacking
Tazir crime
(Islam) minor crimes committed by Muslims; crimes that are not mentioned in the Koran so judges are free to punish the offender in any appropriate way
regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense
crimes created by statutes and not by common law
violent or brutal acts as of thugs
high treason, lese majesty, treason
a crime that undermines the offender's government
vice crime
a vice that is illegal
victimless crime
an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims
war crime
a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war
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actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
activity that transgresses moral or civil law

n the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit

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something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n the spreading of the sea over land as evidenced by the deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata

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geological phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the structure or composition of the earth

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