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lese maj·es·ty

also lèse ma·jes·té  (lēz′ măj′ĭ-stē)
n. pl. lese maj·es·ties or lèse ma·jes·tés
A crime injuring or causing harm to the dignity of a reigning sovereign or a state.

[Partial translation of French lèse-majesté, from Latin (crīmen) laesae māiestātis, (the crime) of injured majesty : laesae, feminine genitive of laesus, past participle of laedere, to injure + māiestātis, genitive of māiestās, majesty.]
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(or lèse′) maj′esty

a. a crime, esp. high treason, committed against a monarch or government.
b. an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
2. an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered.
[1530–40; < French lèse-majesté < Latin (crīmen) laesae mājestātis (the crime) of injured majesty]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lese majesty - a crime that undermines the offender's governmentlese majesty - a crime that undermines the offender's government
crime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense, offence - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
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lese majesty

also lèse majesté
Lack of proper respect:
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"And what is done to criminals guilty of lese majeste?"
He did not seem to note the LESE MAJESTE of her words and manner.
"Nothing," (https://www.quora.com/What-happens-if-you-swear-at-the-Queen) Kate Baxter A said, answeringA a similar question on Quora.A "There used to be an old law called lese majeste which had to do with insulting the king or queen.
I had no idea of lese majeste and walked over, surely to everyone's alarm, and asked for Deputy Premier Deng's autograph.
London-based Amnesty International said Chucheep had long faced charges of lese majeste, or insulting the monarchy.
Such words would only antagonise the King and royalists, and see Rainsy unnecessarily facing yet another charge of lese majeste.
To uphold limitations like that imposed by Lese Majeste laws would have a "chilling effect" on public discussion.
-- Criticising or insulting her is a crime under Thailand's lese majeste laws, which carry punishment of up to 15 years in prison.
After her accession, Queen Suthida will be protected by Thailand's strict lese majeste laws, which punishes anyone who criticizes the king, queen, heir and regent, by up to 15 years in prison.
We do not have lese majeste laws [treason or insulting a ruler] like those in other countries with a monarchy,' he added.
- Thailand already has a cyber-security law under which the spread of false information carries a jail sentence of up to seven years, and the military government strictly enforces lese majeste laws that shield the royal family from insult.
Human rights experts expressed "grave concern" about the lese majeste provisions and about a number of the proposed Constitutional amendments.