lèse majesté

lese majesty

[lez, leez]
noun
1.
Law.
a.
a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
b.
an offense that violates the dignity of a ruler.
2.
an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people: Her speech against Mother's Day was criticized as lese majesty.
Also, lèse majesty, lèse majesté [lez mah-juh-stey, lez maj-uh-stee, leez] .


Origin:
1530–40; < French lèse-majesté, after Latin (crīmen) laesae mājestātis (the crime) of injured majesty

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lese majesty

noun
a crime that undermines the offender's government [syn: treason
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