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petty treason

noun, English Law.

petit treason

or petty treason

[pet-ee] /ˈpɛt i/
noun, English Law.
the killing of a husband by his wife, of a lord by his servant, or of an ecclesiastic by a subordinate ecclesiastic.
Origin of petit treason
1490-1500; < Anglo-French Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But I should have remembered, that the sentence against a woman, either for high or petty treason, is to be burnt alive.

    London in 1731 Don Manoel Gonzales
  • That sentence would be one for petty treason, burning alive.

  • As lately as 1763 a woman named Margaret Biddingfield was burned in Suffolk as an accomplice in the crime of "petty treason."

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