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lese majesty

[lez, leez] /ˈlɛz, liz/
noun
1.
Law.
  1. a crime, especially high treason, committed against the sovereign power.
  2. 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] /ˈlɛz ˌmɑ dʒəˈsteɪ, ˈlɛz ˈmædʒ ə sti, ˈliz/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < French lèse-majesté, after Latin (crīmen) laesae mājestātis (the crime) of injured majesty
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