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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.]


(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]
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"

lese majesty

also lèse majesté
Lack of proper respect:
References in classic literature ?
He did not seem to note the LESE MAJESTE of her words and manner.
More recently, the government has passed amendments to the Constitution and Criminal Code placing new restrictions on political participation and introducing a lese majeste law criminalising insults to the King.
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.
The crime of insulting a monarch or another ruler is known as lese majeste and has existed around the world for many centuries, but Thailand has made a name for itself as one of the strictest punishers of the present day.
Sulak Sivaraksa was charged by police last October under the country's draconian lese majeste law that protects the monarchy from libel and defamation.
The country's strict lese majeste law makes it a crime to defame, insult or threaten the king, queen, heir to the throne or regent.
Jonathan Beckman, an award-winning nonfiction author, has written a lively, engaging narrative, making this pivotal case of a stolen necklace, mistaken identity, and the crime of lese majeste a dramatic tale of intrigue and suspense.
Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya told reporters the government was tracking six high-profile lese majeste suspects living abroad, but conceded that there were significant legal and diplomatic challenges around seeking their extradition.
Summary: Al Basham was charged with lese majeste, blasphemy and disturbance of religious values and public order
When a factory worker posted on the Internet an allegedly disparaging comment about the king's dog, he was charged in a military court with sedition and insulting the monarch, even though the applicable law known as lese majeste only punishes insults against the king, queen, heir-apparent, and regent.
Bangkok, Muharram 12, 1437, Oct 25, 2015, SPA -- A Thai man facing lese majeste charges was found hanged in his cell at a military facility in Bangkok, the department of corrections said Sunday.
Speaking today (11 Aug) to reporters in Geneva, Human Rights Office spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said, "We are appalled by the shockingly disproportionate prison terms handed down over the past few months in lese majeste cases in Thailand.