Tres"pass (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trespassed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Trespassing.] [OF. trespasser to go across or over, transgress, F. tr'epasser to die; pref. tres- (L. trans across, over) + passer to pass. See Pass, v. i., and cf. Transpass.]


To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart; to go.


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.


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.


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.


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Tres"pass (?), n. [OF. trspas, F. tr'epas death. See Trespass, v.]


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.


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.


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.


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