lèse-majesté

noun
lèse-ma·jes·té | \ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē, ˌlez-, ˌlēz-\
variants: or lese majesty

Definition of lèse-majesté 

1a : a crime (such 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

First Known Use of lèse-majesté

1536, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for lèse-majesté

Middle French lese majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty

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