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Webster 1913 Edition


Trespass

Tres′pass

,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Trespassed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Trespassing
.]
[
OF
.
trespasser
to go across or over, transgress, F.
trépasser
to die; pref.
tres-
(L.
trans
across, over) +
passer
to pass. See
Pass
,
Verb.
I.
, and cf.
Transpass
.]
1.
To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go.
[Obs.]
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.

Tres′pass

,
Noun.
[OF.
trespas
, F.
trépas
death. See
Trespass
,
Verb.
]
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)
(a)
An unlawful act committed with force and violence (vi et armis) on the person, property, or relative rights of another.
(b)
An action for injuries accompanied with force.
Trespass offering
(Jewish Antiq.)
,
an offering in expiation of a trespass.
Trespass on the case
.
(Law)
See
Action on the case
, under
Case
.
Syn. – Offense; breach; infringement; transgression; misdemeanor; misdeed.

Webster 1828 Edition


Trespass

TRES'PASS

,
Verb.
I.
[L. trans, beyond, and passer, to pass.]
1.
Literally, to pass beyond; hence primarily, to pass over the boundary line of another's land; to enter unlawfully upon the land of another. A man may trespass by walking over the ground of another, and the law gives a remedy for damages sustained.
2.
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.
If any man shall trespass against his neighbor, and an oath be laid upon him-- 1 Kings 8. See Luke 17. 3. and 4.
3.
In a moral sense, to transgress voluntarily any divine law or command; to violate any known rule of duty.
In the time of his disease did he trespass yet more. 2 Chron.28.
We have trespassed against our God. Ezra 10.
4.
To intrude; to go too far; to put to inconvenience by demand or importunity; as, to trespass upon the time or patience of another.

TRES'PASS

,
Noun.
In law, violation of another's rights, not amounting to treason, felony, or misprision of either. Thus to enter another's close, is a trespass; to attack his person is a trespass. When violence accompanies the act, it is called a trespass vi et armis.
1.
Any injury or offense done to another.
If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matt.6.
2.
Any voluntary transgression of the moral law; any violation of a known rule of duty; sin. Col.2.
You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Eph.2.

Definition 2023


trespass

trespass

English

Noun

trespass (plural trespasses)

  1. sin [1290]
    Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us The Lord's Prayer. Matthew ch6. v.14, 15
  2. (law) Any of various torts involving interference to another's enjoyment of his property, especially the act of being present on another's land without lawful excuse.
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Etymology 2

From Old French trespasser (to go across or over, transgress), from tres- (across, over) + passer (to pass).

Verb

trespass (third-person singular simple present trespasses, present participle trespassing, simple past and past participle trespassed)

  1. (intransitive, now rare) To commit an offence; to sin.
    • Bible, 2 Chron. xxviii. 22
      In the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To offend against, to wrong (someone).
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew VI:
      And forgeve us oure trespases, even as we forgeve them which trespas us.
  3. (intransitive) To go too far; to put someone to inconvenience by demand or importunity; to intrude.
    to trespass upon the time or patience of another
  4. (law) To enter someone else's property illegally.
  5. (obsolete) To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go.
    • Ld. Berners
      Soon after this, noble Robert de Bruce [] trespassed out of this uncertain world.
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