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lese majesty

[ leez maj-uh-stee, lez ]

noun

  1. Law.
    1. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
    2. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
  2. 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.



lese-majesty

/ ˈliːzˈmædʒɪstɪ /

noun

  1. any of various offences committed against the sovereign power in a state; treason
  2. an attack on authority or position


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lese majesty1

First recorded in 1450–1500 in spelling lese mageste; current spelling dates from 1785–80; partial translation of Anglo-French, Middle French lese majesté, leze magesté, from Latin (crīmen) laesae mājestātis “(the crime) of injured majesty” (originally against the Roman people, later against the emperor)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lese majesty1

C16: from French lèse majesté, from Latin laesa mājestās wounded majesty
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Example Sentences

How could they, when they saw in the temper of the people too plain proofs that their lese-majesty had borne evil fruit?

Got to have a finger in some political pie, and political pies in Russia before the war were lese-majesty.

It will also be observed that he was condemned for no categorical crime—lese-majesty, treason, or rebellion.

They have conquered you already, as they boast, for the crime of lese-majesty has placed you at their mercy.

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