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TRANSGRESSION. The violation of a law.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It struck me like a blow, this proof of premeditated transgression and systematic disregard of truth.
She told me she had been walking the earth these twenty years: a just punishment for her mortal transgressions, I've no doubt!'
For a moment all were touched, and there was disposi- tion to deal mercifully with her, seeing that she was so young and friendless, and her case so piteous, and the law that robbed her of her support to blame as being the first and only cause of her transgression; but the prosecuting officer replied that whereas these things were all true, and most pitiful as well, still there was much small theft in these days, and mistimed mercy here would be a danger to property -- oh, my God, is there no property in ruined homes, and orphaned babes, and broken hearts that British law holds precious!
But either his success, or the frequency of the transgression in others, soon wiped off this slight stain from his character; and, although there were a few who, dissatisfied with their own fortunes, or conscious of their own demerits, would make dark hints concerning the sudden prosperity of the unportioned Quaker, yet his services, and possibly his wealth, soon drove the recollection of these vague conjectures from men’s minds.
Within religious groups, there is often much discussion of offenses that are moral in nature, often referred to as transgressions or sins (McMinn, Ruiz, Marx, Wright, & Gilbert, 2006).
Sex and the Spiritual Teacher blends spirituality and psychology as well as overall health and considers sexual transgressions between spiritual teachers and their students.
When people are reminded of their past moral achievements, they can establish moral credentials, which may then be used as license to behave unethically; conversely, the reverse effect may occur when individuals remember their transgressions: having incurred moral deficits, with an enhanced need to compensate for wrongdoings, they may act more ethically than they did in the past.
Transgressions of environmental laws are acts that not everyone considers reprehensible nor to the same extent, since their "badness" is not always obvious or apparent (Marald, 2001).
Maryse Conde: Rebellion et transgressions. Noelle Carruggi (ed.).
What does the New Museum's revisitation of the transgressions of 1993 tell us about how art and its institutions have changed in the intervening 20 years?
Arrangement is in sections on conceptual interventions and disciplinary transgressions; space, time, and narration; translation and cultural rewriting; diasporas, identifications, resistance; transmigration--multiple migration and cultural transgression; and media and perfomance.
Camp's purpose is to argue that American Christians should be aware of their own history, past and present, of transgressions made in the name of Christendom--before criticizing Islam and Muslims.