- 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 of lèse-majestéFrench from Classical Latin laesa majestas from laesa, feminine of laesus (see lesion) + majestas, majesty
Also lese· maj′esty
- Alternative form of lese majesty.