lese majesty


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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.]

lese′

(or lèse′) maj′esty

(liz)
n.
1.
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
noun
Lack of proper respect:
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