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TRESPASS

To offend or go against the will of someone. In the petition of the Lord's Prayer, "forgive us our trespasses," God is asked to have mercy on us according to our mercy toward others. Literally, "to trespass" means to invade the rights of another without his or her consent; hence an act of injustice.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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