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majesty

[maj-uh-stee]
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noun, plural maj·es·ties.
  1. regal, lofty, or stately dignity; imposing character; grandeur: majesty of bearing; the majesty of Chartres.
  2. supreme greatness or authority; sovereignty: All paid tribute to the majesty of Rome.
  3. (usually initial capital letter) a title used when speaking of or to a sovereign (usually preceded by his, her, or your): His Majesty's Navy; Will your Majesty hear our petitions?
  4. a royal personage, or royal personages collectively: The royal wedding was attended by the majesties of Europe.
  5. Christ in Majesty, a representation of Christ as ruler of the universe.
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Origin of majesty

1250–1300; Middle English majeste < Middle French < Latin majestāt- (stem of majestās) dignity, grandeur, equivalent to majes- (akin to majus < *mag-yos, neuter comparative of magnus large; cf. major) + -tāt- -ty2
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  • Philothea's tall figure was a lovely union of majesty and grace.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment.

  • As his majesty is in such a hurry to get them, I promise you to take my longest strides.

    The Three Golden Apples

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "And he is now waiting for admission to your majesty's presence," added they.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • He pleaded for the machine—for the safety of the community, for the majesty of the law.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith


British Dictionary definitions for majesty

majesty

noun
  1. great dignity of bearing; loftiness; grandeur
  2. supreme power or authority
  3. an archaic word for royalty
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Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Latin mājestās; related to Latin major, comparative of magnus great

Majesty

noun plural -ties
  1. (preceded by Your, His, Her, or Their) a title used to address or refer to a sovereign or the wife or widow of a sovereign
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Word Origin and History for majesty

n.

c.1300, "greatness, glory," from Old French majeste "grandeur, nobility" (12c.), from Latin maiestatem (nominative maiestas) "greatness, dignity, elevation, honor, excellence," from stem of maior (neuter maius), comparative of magnus "great" (see magnate). Earliest English us is with reference to God; as a title, in reference to kings and queens (late 14c.), it is from Romance languages and descends from the Roman Empire.

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