petit treason

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

Definition of petit treason

English law
: 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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History and Etymology for petit treason

alteration (influenced by petit) of petty treason

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“Petit treason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petit%20treason. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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