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lettre de cachet

(lɛtrə də kaʃɛ)
n, pl lettres de cachet (lɛtrə də kaʃɛ)
(Historical Terms) French history a letter under the sovereign's seal, often authorizing imprisonment without trial
[literally: letter with a seal]

let•tre de ca•chet

(lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ)

n., pl. let•tres de ca•chet (lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ)
French.
a letter under the seal of the sovereign, esp. one ordering imprisonment, frequently without trial.
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Noun1.lettre de cachet - a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal
warrant - a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The most frightening claim made by Bush with congressional acquiescence is reminiscent of the lettres de cachet of prerevolutionary France.
Clerks recorded colourful details in archival sources such as the files on lettres de cachet, royal orders commonly used to imprison prodigal sons who indulged passions, squandered resources and disgraced families.
Que la liberte individuelle de tous les citoyens soit mise sous la sauvegarde de la loi; qu'en consequence les lettres de cachet, lettres, et tous ordres qui attenteroient a cette liberte, soient a jamais proscrits; qu'il soit statue que nul ne puisse etre juge, en matiere civile et criminelle, que par les juges que la loi lui a donnes"; le Tiers Etat des trois sieges de Dax, Saint-Sever et Baionne (sic) formule d'autres vceux (p.