Lese Majesty Definition

A crime injuring or causing harm to the dignity of a reigning sovereign or a state.
American Heritage

An act of disrespect towards authority.


Origin of Lese Majesty

  • Partial translation of French lèse-majesté from Latin (crīmen) laesae māiestātis (the crime) of injured majesty laesae feminine genitive of laesus past participle of laedere to injure māiestātis genitive of māiestās majesty

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French la lèse-majesté, from Latin laesa maiestatis, injury to the Majesty.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Latin laesa maiestas (“injury to majesty").

    From Wiktionary

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