- a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
- an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
Origin of lese majesty
Examples from the Web for lese-majesty
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
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
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
Word Origin for lese-majesty
Word Origin and History for lese-majesty
"offense against sovereign authority, treason," 1530s (mid-15c. as an Anglo-French word), from French lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa majestos "violated majesty," from laesus, past participle of laedere "to hurt, injure, damage, offend, insult," of unknown origin.