a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
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.
- Also lèse maj·es·ty, lèse maj·es·té [lez-mah-juh-stey; lez-maj-uh-stee, leez-maj-uh-stee]. /ˈlɛz ˈmɑ dʒəˈsteɪ; ˈlɛz ˈmædʒ ə sti, ˈliz ˈmædʒ ə sti/.
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How to use lese majesty in a sentence
How could they, when they saw in the temper of the people too plain proofs that their lese-majesty had borne evil fruit?The Expositor's Bible:The Book of Numbers | Robert A. Watson
Got to have a finger in some political pie, and political pies in Russia before the war were lese-majesty.The Drums Of Jeopardy | Harold MacGrath
It will also be observed that he was condemned for no categorical crime—lese-majesty, treason, or rebellion.The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II. | John Lothrop Motley
They have conquered you already, as they boast, for the crime of lese-majesty has placed you at their mercy.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume III.(of III) 1574-84 | John Lothrop Motley
British Dictionary definitions for lese-majesty
any of various offences committed against the sovereign power in a state; treason
an attack on authority or position
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