• WordNet 3.6
    • v trespass pass beyond (limits or boundaries)
    • v trespass commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
    • v trespass break the law
    • v trespass make excessive use of "You are taking advantage of my good will!","She is trespassing upon my privacy"
    • v trespass enter unlawfully on someone's property "Don't trespass on my land!"
    • n trespass entry to another's property without right or permission
    • n trespass a wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trespass (Law) An action for injuries accompanied with force.
    • Trespass (Law) An unlawful act committed with force and violence (vi et armis) on the person, property, or relative rights of another.
    • Trespass Any injury or offence done to another. "I you forgive all wholly this trespass .""If ye forgive not men their trespasses , neither will your Father forgive your trespasses ."
    • Trespass Any voluntary transgression of the moral law; any violation of a known rule of duty; sin. "The fatal trespass done by Eve.""You . . . who were dead in trespasses and sins."
    • Trespass (Law) To commit a trespass; esp., to enter unlawfully upon the land of another.
    • Trespass 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."
    • Trespass 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.
    • Trespass 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trespass To pass beyond a limit or boundary; hence, to depart from life; die.
    • trespass To make entry or passage without right or permission; go unlawfully or unwarrantably; encroach by bodily presence; with on or upon: as, to trespass upon another's land or premises.
    • trespass To make an improper inroad upon a person's presence or rights; intrude aggressively or offensively in relation to something: with on or upon.
    • trespass To commit an aggressive offense; transgress in some active manner; offend; sin: with against: as, to trespass against the laws of God and man. See trespass, n.
    • trespass To give offense: with to.
    • trespass Synonyms and Trespass upon, Encroach upon, Intrench upon, Trench upon, Infringe upon, Intrude upon, Transgress. Trespass upon, though figurative, expresses generally the idea common to these words, that of unauthorized, improper, or undesirable coming upon ground not one's own. The order is essentially that of strength, and there is a corresponding increase in the presumption that the offense is committed knowingly. To trespass upon another's rights is literally to step or pass across the line of demarcation between his rights and ours. To encroach upon anything is to creep upon it to some extent, and often implies moving by stealth or by imperceptible degrees and occupying or keeping what one thus takes: the ocean may thus be said to encroach upon the land by wearing it away. To intrench upon, or latterly more often trench upon, is to cut into as a trench is lengthened or widened; it does not especially suggest, as does enroach upon, either slowness or stealth. Infringe or infringe upon means a breaking into; hence it is a much stronger word than those that precede it. Transgress is stronger and plainer still, meaning to walk across the boundary, as of another's rights. Intrude upon suggests especially that one is unwelcome, and goes where regard for others' rights, as of privacy, or the sense of shame, should forbid him to press in.
    • n trespass Unlawful or forbidden entrance or passage; offensive intrusion of bodily presence. See 3 .
    • n trespass An aggressive or active offense against law or morality; the commission of any wrongful or improper act; an offense; a sin: as, a trespass against propriety.
    • n trespass In law, in a general sense, any transgression not amounting to felony or misprision of felony. Specifically— An injury to the person, property, or rights of another, with force, either actual or implied: technically called trespass vi et armis. In this sense it includes wrongs immediately injurious even when the force is only constructive, as in the enticing away of a servant.
    • n trespass An injury to property by one who has no right whatever to its possession or use: technically called trespass to property. In this sense it equally implies force, but relates to property only, and contradistinguishes the wrong from a conversion or embezzlement by a bailee or other person having already a rightful possession.
    • n trespass Synonyms and Transgression, Wrong, etc. (see crime), breach, infringement, infraction, encroachment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Trespass tres′pas to pass over a limit or boundary: to enter unlawfully upon another's land: to inconvenience by importunity: to intrude: to injure or annoy another: to sin
    • n Trespass act of trespassing: any injury to another's person or property: a sin
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    “Sign in lot: Church parking only. We will not forgive those who trespass against us.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.”
  • Bible
    “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. [Ephesians 1:7]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. trespasser, to go across or over, transgress, F. trépasser, to die; pref. tres-,L. trans, across, over) + passer, to pass. See Pass (v. i.), and cf. Transpass


In literature:

Those tracks are our private property and when she invaded them, she became a trespasser.
"Toaster's Handbook" by Peggy Edmund and Harold W. Williams, compilers
You have no business trespassing beyond the confines of your own individuality.
"The Human Machine" by E. Arnold Bennett
I don't intend to say much, and I will trespass on foibidden ground but as little as possible.
"The Dock and the Scaffold" by Unknown
I never heard of an outrage, or even a trespass being committed by one of the American volunteers during our entire march.
"What I Saw in California" by Edwin Bryant
If this has been done without due authorization you are liable for trespass.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
If a man commands another to commit a trespass, and he does it, the one who made the command is a trespasser.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
She trespassed on forbidden ground.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
For I have endured thus long, for little trespass.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
He forgot that he was; trespassing.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
You are trespassing upon it.
"Ruth Fielding on Cliff Island" by Alice Emerson

In poetry:

Man trespassed here; but Nature lost
No right of her domain;
She waited, and she brought the old
Wild beauty back again.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
In kindness great, compassionate,
O guard for me Thy tenderness,
Within its wideness let me hide
The vastness of my trespasses.
"'Tis Joy To Me" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Crows flying in the dark
Blackness in darkness flying; beings unseen
Except by eyes that are like to their own
Trespassers' eyes!
"Crows" by Padraic Colum
For nature, heartless, witless nature,
Will neither care nor know
What stranger’s feet may find the meadow
And trespass there and go,
Nor ask amid the dews of morning
If they are mine or no.
"XL: Tell me not here, it needs not saying" by A E Housman
You pray that your "trespasses may be forgiven,
As you forgive those that are done unto you."
Before this you say to the God that's in heaven,
Consider the words which you speak. Are they true?
"On The Lord's Prayer" by Charles Lamb
It seemed as though I had surprised
And trespassed in a golden world
That should have passed while men still slept!
The joyful birds, the ship of gold,
The horses, kine, and sheep did seem
As they would vanish for a dream.
"Early Morn" by William H Davies

In news:

Who was the George Touart supporter who was arrested for trespassing on the property of one of Touart's political opponents.
Two criminal trespassers wanted by police.
Gouverneur teen charged with trespass, criminal mischief.
Wanted suspect has history of criminal trespass.
Dezmund Smith is wanted for criminal trespass, probation violation and theft by taking.
Man convicted of trespassing at Miley Cyrus ' home.
It is still unknown who caused the damage , and it is considered trespassing.
Criminal trespass — 500 block of E.
For trespassing at former City Hall property.
Bugg Arrested for Disorderly Conduct & Trespass.
A man was arrested after trespassing on a North Sacramento school.
An Edmonds Police officer was alerted to an illegal trespassing incident at a motel in the 22100 block of Highway 99 early Friday morning, November 30, 2012, at 1:33 a.m.
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska have arrested the Easter Bunny for public intoxication, trespassing and indecency with a farm animal.
Enforced his law by shooting at trespassers.
The six Lowell mountain wind development protesters - convicted of trespassing by a jury in August - were each sentenced to either a $250 fine or 25 hours of community service.

In science:

As is pointed out in , even if theoretically one could show that Turing’s barrier can be trespassed by a quantum machine, the impact on computer technology would be very low because for all practical purposes the halting computation has a non-zero, but very small chance of detection.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond