petit treason

noun pet·it treason \ˈpet|ē, ˈpet|, |i-\

Definition of petit treason

English law

  1. :  the crime committed by a servant in killing his master, by a wife in killing her husband, or by an ecclesiastic in killing his superior

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Origin and Etymology of petit treason

alteration (influenced by petit) of petty treason

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a brief usually trivial fact

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