Power Prefix: trans-

Learn these words beginning with the prefix trans-, meaning "across" or "beyond."

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  1. transgression
    the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
    To be caught in some small transgression—missing a day of work, speaking harshly of his rule, failing to attend mass— brought an unforgiving penalty.Crispin: The Cross of Lead
  2. translucent
    allowing light to pass through diffusely
    Tiny veins were visible through translucent aquatic eyelids.New York Times (May 23, 2012)
  3. transact
    conduct business
    Morning calls are considered informal in the city; they are made only to transact business, or by special appointment.Eichler, Lillian
  4. transcontinental
    spanning one of the large landmasses of the earth
    Before making my transcontinental pilgrimage I used to wonder, sometimes, just where the line dividing East from West in the United States might be.Street, Julian
  5. transcultural
    extending through all human societies
    “One of the basics of transcultural leadership is empathy,” Mr. Ghosn once said.New York Times (May 6, 2010)
  6. transfix
    render motionless because of surprise, terror, or awe
    Then all four rabbits sat as though transfixed by the sudden, blinding light that poured over them like a cloudburst.Watership Down: A Novel
  7. transformation
    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance
    Photosynthesis is the single most important transformation on Earth.Scientific American (Sep 26, 2012)
  8. transitory
    lasting a very short time
    For this analysis, overseas stints are classified as “ transitory”—shorter than 2 years—or as longer, “migratory” stays.Science Magazine (Mar 2, 2017)
  9. translation
    rendering in another language with the same meaning
    It was handwritten in Spanish, with English translations on the side.The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
  10. transparent
    able to be seen through with clarity
    Inside the jar, almost impossible to see, floated a transparent jellyfish about the size of a fingernail.The Thing About Jellyfish
Created on October 3, 2012 (updated August 20, 2019)

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