petit treason

or pet·ty trea·son

[ pet-ee ]
/ 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.

Nearby words

  1. petit jury,
  2. petit larceny,
  3. petit mal,
  4. petit point,
  5. petit serjeanty,
  6. petit's lumbar triangle,
  7. petite,
  8. petite bourgeoise,
  9. petite bourgeoisie,
  10. petite marmite

Origin of petit treason

Borrowed into English from Anglo-French around 1490–1500

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