- an unlawful act causing injury to the person, property, or rights of another, committed with force or violence, actual or implied.
- a wrongful entry upon the lands of another.
- the action to recover damages for such an injury.
- an encroachment or intrusion.
- an offense, sin, or wrong.
verb (used without object)
- Law. to commit a trespass.
- to encroach on a person’s privacy, time, etc.; infringe (usually followed by on or upon).
- to commit a transgression or offense; transgress; offend; sin.
- (often foll by on or upon) to go or intrude (on the property, privacy, or preserves of another) with no right or permission
- law to commit trespass, esp to enter wrongfully upon land belonging to another
- archaic (often foll by against) to sin or transgress
- any unlawful act committed with force or violence, actual or implied, which causes injury to another person, his property, or his rights
- a wrongful entry upon another’s land
- an action to recover damages for such injury or wrongful entry
- an intrusion on another’s privacy or preserves
- a sin or offence
v.c.1300, “transgress, offend, sin,” from Old French trespasser “pass beyond or across,” from tres- “beyond” (from Latin trans-) + passer “go by, pass” (see pass (v.)). Meaning “enter unlawfully” is first attested in forest laws of Scottish Parliament (c.1455). The noun is recorded from late 13c. The modern descendant of Old French trespasser, French trépasser has come to be used euphemistically for “to die” (cf. cross over, and obituary).