Definition of Trespass

1. Noun. A wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages.

2. Verb. Enter unlawfully on someone's property. "Don't trespass on my land!"
Exact synonyms: Intrude
Generic synonyms: Breach, Break, Go Against, Infract, Offend, Transgress, Violate
Specialized synonyms: Break, Break In
Derivative terms: Intruder, Intrusion, Trespasser

3. Noun. Entry to another's property without right or permission.
Exact synonyms: Encroachment, Intrusion, Usurpation, Violation
Generic synonyms: Actus Reus, Misconduct, Wrongdoing, Wrongful Conduct
Specialized synonyms: Inroad
Derivative terms: Encroach, Intrude, Intrude, Violate

4. Verb. Make excessive use of. "She is trespassing upon my privacy"
Exact synonyms: Take Advantage
Specialized synonyms: Encroach, Entrench, Impinge, Trench
Generic synonyms: Use

5. Verb. Break the law.

6. Verb. Commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law.
Exact synonyms: Sin, Transgress
Specialized synonyms: Fall
Generic synonyms: Breach, Break, Go Against, Infract, Offend, Transgress, Violate
Derivative terms: Sin, Sinner, Sinning, Transgression

7. Verb. Pass beyond (limits or boundaries).
Exact synonyms: Overstep, Transgress
Generic synonyms: Go Across, Go Through, Pass
Derivative terms: Transgression

Definition of Trespass

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

2. n. Any injury or offence done to another.

Definition of Trespass

1. Noun. (1290) sin ¹

2. Noun. (legal) 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. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive now rare) To commit an offence; to sin. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To offend against, to wrong (someone). ¹

5. Verb. (legal) To enter someone else's property illegally. ¹

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Definition of Trespass

1. to enter upon the land of another unlawfully [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Literary usage of Trespass

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1. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, William Draper Lewis (1902)
"19, which enacts that no subsequent irregularity of the landlord shall make his first entry a trespass; but the party injured shall have a special action of ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"The next species of injury to be noticed affecting a man's lands, tenements, or hereditaments is trespass. trespass, in its largest and most extensive sense ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"trespass is not now criminal except by special statutory enactment, ... When, however, trespass is carried sufficiently far it may become criminal, ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"THE jurisdiction against Waste by Injunction and Account applied to trespass, by exceeding a limited right to enter and take stone from a quarry ; being a ..."

5. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"In a prosecution .for forcible trespass in going upon land in the possession of ... "Forcible trespass" is the invasion of another's actual possession, ..."

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