lèse-majesté


lèse–ma·jes·té

noun \ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē, ˌlez-, ˌlēz-\

Definition of LÈSE-MAJESTÉ

1
a :  a crime (as treason) committed against a sovereign power
b :  an offense violating the dignity of a ruler as the representative of a sovereign power
2
:  a detraction from or affront to dignity or importance

Variants of LÈSE-MAJESTÉ

lèse–ma·jes·té or lese maj·es·ty \ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē, ˌlez-, ˌlēz-\

Origin of LÈSE-MAJESTÉ

Middle French lese majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty
First Known Use: 1536

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