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lese maj·es·tyalso 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(liz)
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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