lettre de cachet

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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]
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let•tre de ca•chet

(lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ)

n., pl. let•tres de ca•chet (lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ)
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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