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Transgress and Transcend

Difficult Words: Transgress and Transcend

Transcend (tran SEND) v: to go beyond or above, to surpass

The man who claimed to have invented a perpetual motion machine believed that he had transcended the laws of physics.

The basketball player was so skillful that he seemed to have transcended the sport altogether. He was so much better than his teammates that he seemed to be playing an entirely different game.

To be transcendent is to be surpassing or preeminent.

Something transcendent is transcendental.

Transgress (trans GRES) v: to violate (a law), to sin

The other side had transgressed so many provisions of the treaty that we had no choice but to go to war.

We tried as hard as we could not to transgress their elaborate rules, but they had so many prohibitions that we couldn't keep track of all of them.

An act of transgressing is a transgression. The bully's innumerable transgressions included breaking all the windows in the new gymnasium and pushing several first graders off the jungle gym.

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