petit treason

or pet·ty trea·son

[ pet-ee tree-zuhn ]
/ ˈpɛt i ˈtri zən /

noun English Law.

the killing of a husband by his wife, of a lord by his servant, or of an ecclesiastic by a subordinate ecclesiastic.

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Origin of petit treason

Borrowed into English from Anglo-French around 1490–1500
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