lèse-majesté

noun
lèse-ma·​jes·​té | \ ˌlāz-ˈma-jə-stē How to pronounce lèse-majesté (audio) , 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

15th century, 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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“Lèse-majesté.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/l%C3%A8se-majest%C3%A9. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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