lèse-majesté[lez′ma′z̸hes tā′, -maj′is tē]
- a crime against the sovereign; offense against a ruler's dignity as head of the state; treason
- any insolent or slighting behavior toward a person to whom deference is due
Origin: Fr from Classical Latin laesa majestas from laesa, feminine of laesus (see lesion) plush majestas, majesty
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