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lettre de cachet

[le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/
noun, plural lettres de cachet
[le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a letter under the seal of the sovereign, especially one ordering imprisonment, frequently without trial.
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  • He would not grant me the lettre de cachet nor keep his promise for her removal.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • He got a lettre de cachet in the name of that unhappy Quonion.

    The Queen Pedauque Anatole France
  • Mme. Guyon received the compliment of a lettre de cachet which was prison.

  • Yes; and so much so that they procured a lettre de cachet against an ecclesiastic for calling them monks.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
  • He had effected his escape none too soon, for the very next day (June 10, 1749), a lettre de cachet for his arrest was issued.

    Queens of the French Stage H. Noel Williams
  • The lettre de cachet was granted on September 3; but it was not the Marshal's intention to allow it to be executed at once.

    Queens of the French Stage H. Noel Williams
  • He offered me her life while he refused me a lettre de cachet!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • The Duc de Mazarin wormed a lettre de cachet out of the reluctant King, and had his wife hotly chased.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Bentham defines the "lettre de cachet" as "an order to punish, without any proof, for a fact against which there is no law."

    A History of Police in England W. L. Melville Lee
  • Why not this evening, seeing that the lettre de cachet bears, both on the direction and inside, 'urgent!'

    The Vicomte de Bragelonne Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for lettre de cachet

lettre de cachet

/lɛtrə də kaʃɛ/
noun (pl) lettres de cachet (lɛtrə də kaʃɛ)
1.
(French history) a letter under the sovereign's seal, often authorizing imprisonment without trial
Word Origin
literally: letter with a seal
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