lese majesty

[ lez, leez ]
/ ˈlɛz, liz /


  1. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
  2. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people: Her speech against Mother's Day was criticized as lese majesty.

Nearby words

  1. lesbo,
  2. lesbos,
  3. lesch-nyhan syndrome,
  4. lesche,
  5. leschetizky,
  6. lese-majesty,
  7. lesghian,
  8. lesion,
  9. leslie,
  10. lesotho

Also lèse majesty, lèse maj·es·té [lez mah-juh-stey; lez maj-uh-stee, leez] /ˈlɛz ˌmɑ dʒəˈsteɪ; ˈlɛz ˈmædʒ ə sti, ˈliz/.

Origin of lese majesty

1530–40; < French lèse-majesté, after Latin (crīmen) laesae mājestātis (the crime) of injured majesty

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