Definition of lèse–majesté
1a : a crime (such as treason) committed against a sovereign powerb : 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
Origin and Etymology of lèse–majesté
Middle French lese majesté, from Latin laesa majestas, literally, injured majesty
First Known Use: 1536
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